March 22, 2010 – Alcatel-Lucent today announced that it has been selected by STC (Saudi Telecom Company), the main telecommunications carrier in Saudi Arabia, to conduct an end-to-end Long Term Evo
March 22, 2010 – Alcatel-Lucent today announced that it has been selected by STC (Saudi Telecom Company), the main telecommunications carrier in Saudi Arabia, to conduct an end-to-end Long Term Evolution (LTE) trial, to begin in the second half of 2010. This trial will enable STC to test the performance of LTE-based services and assess the related business models.
â€œAs a major operator, STC is committed to providing its customers superior service. It is clear to us that LTE has evolved to being more than just a promising technology,â€ said Dr. Zeyad Al-Otaibi, STCâ€™s vice president Networks. â€œAs STC and Alcatel-Lucent are both on the edge of innovation, we are confident that this trial will help us fulfill our customersâ€™ needs for innovative mobile broadband services.â€
Alcatel-Lucent will be leveraging its industry-leading LTE expertise to provide 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. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide a range of professional services including project management, planning, installation, integration and commissioning, and testing.
â€œThis trial is a major step in the adoption of LTE technology in the Middle-East. STC can count on our technical leadership and transformation expertise to unleash LTEâ€™s full business potential,â€ said Amr El Leithy, head of Alcatel-Lucentâ€™s activities in Africa and the Middle East. â€œWe consider this agreement to be a strong endorsement of Alcatel-Lucentâ€™s innovation and forward-looking strategy in the area of mobile broadband solutions and efficient high-performance IP-based network.â€
Alcatel-Lucentâ€™s LTE solution and services are leveraged in the majority of LTE projects being pursued by Tier 1 operators around the globe, including in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.