Paris-based equipment manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent says it has successfully deployed a 3G+ network for the mobile operator Societe Reunionnaise de Radiotelephone (SRR). In a statement, Alca-Lu said the initial roll out of the UMTS/HSPA network was made in 2008 mostly covering Reunion’s Saint-Denis commune and in the island’s main towns. The vendor has installed its UMTS Radio Access Network (UTRAN) and mobile NGN (Next Generation Network) core network solutions allowing SRR to expand and improve its portfolio of voice and high speed data services. ‘We are extremely proud to be the first to deploy an Alcatel-Lucent 3G network in Reunion; with it we will be able for the first time to offer our customers new high speed user-centric services, thanks to Alcatel-Lucent’s unrivalled UMTS radio access solution’, said Pierre-Antoine Legagneur, SRR’s network technical director.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, SRR, which trades under the brand name SFR Reunion, is the largest mobile telecoms provider in the French overseas departments of Mayotte and Reunion. Operational since 1995, SRR currently commands a more than 65% market share with about 650,000 customers. SRR Reunion’s network covers more than 99% of the population.
In June 2008 the French telecoms regulator Arcep awarded 3G spectrum licences for the French overseas departments and territories. SRR, Orange and Outremer Telecom were each awarded spectrum in the 2100MHz band in La Reunion, while Orange and Outremer Telecom were awarded spectrum for the French Antilles and Guyana. 3G services were expected to be introduced by the end of the year, and licensees are obliged to provide 70% population coverage by 2013.