Singapore Telecommunications Limited Group has reportedly selected Alcatel-Lucent as one of the vendors for its Long Term Evolution trial. The trial will begin in the first half of 2010 and will be conducted in Singapore, Australia, Indonesia and Philippines. SingTel (News - Alert) provides a portfolio of services that includes voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms, as well as infocomm technology and pay TV.
The trial will jump-start deployment of 4G LTE (News - Alert) networks for the SingTel Group. The results of the regional and coordinated trials will be shared among SingTel's wholly owned subsidiary in Australia, Optus as well as SingTel's associates, namely Telkomsel (News - Alert) in Indonesia, AIS in Thailand, Globe in the Philippines, Bharti Airtel in India, PBTL in Bangladesh and Warid in Pakistan.
Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) will use its LTE expertise to provide an end-to-end solution including the radio access network, the Evolved Packet Core, IP service routing network elements as well as operation, administration and maintenance systems. The company will also provide professional services including project management, planning, installation and commissioning, integration and test plan execution.
According to Sean Dolan, head of Alcatel-Lucent's activities in Asia-Pacific, this trial is an endorsement of Alcatel-Lucent's innovation as it works with the SingTel Group to support its network transformation and LTE strategy. The solution further proves its readiness to meet the challenges of current and future network requirements which enable users to consume more complex content at faster speeds. The innovative, cost-effective and future-ready LTE technology from Alcatel-Lucent essentially protects service providers' investments as they evolve.
Long-Term Evolution, or LTE, is a technological standard for wireless mobile broadband networks. LTE delivers significantly faster data speeds with the potential of several 100s Mbps downstream and several 10s Mbps upstream with reduced latency. This helps end users to access more complex content at faster speeds, global roaming and improved efficiencies.
LTE lets service providers deliver new and advanced mobile broadband services on a range of frequency bands, while optimizing costs. In addition, it lets consumers benefit from faster e-mail and file uploads, smoother synchronization with on-line servers, enhanced use of peer-to-peer applications like "NetMeeting" and more.Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Amy Tierney