Telefonica and Alca-Lu sign LTE rollout agreement

6 Sep 2013

Alcatel-Lucent and Spain’s Telefonica have inked a deal under which the former will become the reference supplier for the latter’s domestic 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Telefonica Espana has called on the French-US vendor for the deployment of around 8,000 LTE base stations, while it will also provide its 5620 Service Aware Manager (5620 SAM). Further, under the terms of the agreement Alca-Lu will deliver installation and turnkey project management services in the initial phase of the project, as well as systems integration, maintenance and configuration optimisation to reduce time-to-market for the Spanish operator.

In announcing the deal, Alca-Lu claimed it represented its ‘largest 4G LTE agreement … in Western Europe to date’, and noted that it followed two successful pre-commercial 4G LTE pilot networks in Madrid and Barcelona, as well as a demonstration over a live network- consisting of small ‘metro cells’ and macro base stations with Telefonica in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2012.