Alcatel-Lucent to build Telmex’ first commercial WiMAX network in Latin America
Paris, February 20, 2007 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been awarded a major contract by Telmex, the leading telecommunications operator in Mexico and one of the largest in Latin America, to deploy Latin America’s first commercial universal WiMAX network, which will be deployed in Chile.
Latin America’s first WiMAX contract underscores Alcatel-Lucent’s commitment to WiMAX as a key element of its universal broadband access strategy, and expands the company’s footprint in the region.
This new network will provide full coverage for Telmex’ corporate and residential customers in 24 major cities in Chile, giving them one-stop access to broadband wireless applications such as high-speed Internet, video streaming and Voice over IP (VoIP) using their laptops, computers, modems or wireless handheld terminals.
The Telmex Chile WiMAX network will comply with the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard for fixed, nomadic and mobile usage and will be deployed in the 3.5GHz frequency band using Alcatel-Lucent’s 9100 WiMAX end-to-end solution. The network is scheduled to be operational in the second half of 2007.
“WiMAX will enable innovative telecommunications for operators such as Telmex to offer their customers cutting-edge broadband services that can be accessed from anywhere,” said Olivier Picard, President, Alcatel-Lucent’s Europe & South Region. “This contract follows Alcatel-Lucent’s series of WiMAX announcements made at 3GSM World Congress, including a commercial WiMAX 802.16e-2005 contract in the Caribbean. At the Congress Alcatel-Lucent was able to demonstrate live WiMAX coverage in the 3.5GHz frequency band, a first for Spain.”
Picard noted that as a WiMAX pioneer, Alcatel-Lucent is among the world’s leading WiMAX vendors, with more than 40 operators world wide deploying its WiMAX equipment, and this ‘premiere’ in Chile further strengthens Alcatel-Lucent’s WiMAX footprint in Latin America.
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. [All figures exclude impact of activities to be transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
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