Alcatel-Lucent is upgrading cellco Orange Romania’s existing long-haul microwave transport network, which it says will allow Orange to enhance its 4G LTE network capacity and performance as it continues to expand mobile broadband services to enterprises and consumers. Orange Romania launched LTE in 2012 in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, and today covers 70% of the population, including 96% of residents in locations classifies as ‘urban’, whilst it offers higher LTE speeds of up to 300Mbps (theoretical) in six major cities (Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Galati, Iasi and Timisoara) as well as throughout Bucharest’s metro rail network. With demand for data services continuing to rise, a press release states that Orange is increasing the capacity of its network to ensure better performance of voice and data services as well as an improved user experience.
Under the project, which will be completed in 2016, Alcatel-Lucent will migrate its own microwave links to the 9500 Microwave Packet Radio technology, continuing the transformation of the Orange Romania network to ‘ultra-broadband performance’. The mechanical compatibility between Alcatel-Lucent legacy products and the 9500 MPR will allow for the reuse of passive equipment, yielding significant total-cost-of-ownership savings compared to a new installation, the release adds.