Sunrise ends service deal with Alcatel-Lucent

31 Aug 2011

Swiss operator Sunrise has terminated its service contract with French-US equipment manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent. The contract saw the vendor construct, maintain and manage the operator’s fixed and mobile networks and data services. In a press release, Sunrise attributed the cancellation to the need for flexibility for the future development of new technologies, specifically Long Term Evolution(LTE), and fibre-optic cable. The telco also said that it would increasingly be targeting the wholesale and business markets, which would require ‘innovative solutions, quick implementation and optimal operation of the entire network infrastructure’.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Sunrise has struggled to increase its market share due to the dominance of the incumbent, Swisscom. Between June 2003 and June 2011, the operator’s market share has grown by only 3.1 percentage points, from 18.3% to 21.4%, over the same period Swisscom slipped from 64.2% down to 62.1%.