Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Telecom Company (STC) to conduct an end-to-end Long Term Evolution (LTE) trial, to begin in the second half of 2010. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide a range of professional services including project management, planning, installation, integration and commissioning, and testing. ‘As a major operator, STC is committed to providing its customers with a superior service. It is clear to us that LTE has evolved to being more than just a promising technology,’ said Dr. Zeyad Al-Otaibi, STC’s vice president of networks. ‘As STC and Alcatel-Lucent are both on the edge of innovation, we are confident that this trial will help us fulfil our customers’ needs for innovative mobile broadband services.’
Alcatel-Lucent will be providing an end-to-end integrated solution including LTE base stations (eNodeBs), the Evolved Packet Core (EPC), IP service routing network elements as well as operation, administration and maintenance (OAM) systems.