Primus Canada and Mipps Inc. select Alcatel-Lucent’s IEEE 802.16e-2005 WiMAX Solution
Paris, May 25, 2007 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) announced today that Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc., the largest alternative communications carrier in Canada, and Mipps Inc., a Canadian wireless operator that acquired 3.5 GHz licensed spectrum in most major cities across Canada, have selected Alcatel-Lucent’s Evolium® WiMAX solution to support market trials of IEEE 802.16e-2005 WiMAX broadband wireless access service.
Mipps will deploy the Alcatel-Lucent 9100 Evolium® WiMAX end-to-end radio solution, including base stations, Wireless Access Controller and Operation and Maintenance Center. Upon successful completion of the field trial, Primus Canada, through its strategic relationship with Mipps, will provide its subscribers with broadband access to high speed Internet and data transmissions with a guaranteed level of quality.
“Primus and Mipps were looking for an equipment supplier who could deliver a standards-based WiMAX IEEE 802.16e solution that would allow expansion of our broadband coverage area and offer ‘always-on’ broadband connectivity at low cost to our subscribers,” said Ted Chislett, president of Primus Canada.
“The Alcatel-Lucent 9100 Evolium® WiMAX end-to-end radio solution will enable us to go to market quickly with an advanced technology platform using Mipps’ 3.5 GHz licensed spectrum.” said Joe Boutros, president of Mipps.
“As the global broadband leader, Alcatel-Lucent has the experience and expertise to introduce and evolve new technologies like WiMAX, giving service providers practical solutions to expand the reach and flexibility of broadband services available to their customers” said Alex Giosa, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Canada. “Primus and Mipps are global leaders in deploying standards-based WiMAX and we’re honoured to have been selected for our technology and implementation capabilities.”
Alcatel-Lucent’s Universal WiMAX solution integrates the most advanced radio technology available on the market today. The Alcatel-Lucent Evolium® 9116 WiMAX base station is compact and easy-to-install, enabling easy site acquisition, fast rollout and flexible configuration. Built-in AAS (Advanced Antenna System) technologies including beamforming and later MIMO, enable higher throughputs, longer reach and sharply lowered capital expenditures.
Alcatel-Lucent is among the world’s leading WiMAX suppliers, with more than 40 operators worldwide deploying its WiMAX equipment.
WiMAX is a broadband wireless access technology that enables connectivity through wireless networks for fixed, nomadic or mobile use in urban, suburban and rural areas. The technology offers a cost-effective broadband access alternative where DSL is unavailable for technical or economical reasons, or a last-mile alternative to unbundling for operators who are offering a combination of voice and broadband access for next generation of wireless devices. The IEEE 802.16e-2005 WiMAX standard is a more advanced successor to 802d.16-2004 (called “Static WiMAX,” or Revision d), offering superior performance, functionality and flexibility.
About Primus Canada
Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. is the largest alternative communications carrier in Canada with over 1,000,000 customers. The Company offers facilities-based voice, data, e-commerce, Web hosting, VoIP and broadband Internet services utilizing ADSL2+ technology. Primus Canada’s national network consists of nationwide switches with international connectivity through its parent company’s global network, ATM and IP nodes, and colocation facilities at major cities across the country. Primus Canada is also one of Canada’s largest MVNO’s (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) offering PRIMUS Wireless service. Primus Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of McLean, Virginia-based PRIMUS Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (OTCBB: PRTL). Primus Canada news and information are available at the Company’s Web site a www.primus.ca.
About Mipps Inc.
Mipps Inc. is a Canadian wireless operator and has acquired 3.5 GHz licensed spectrum in 40 licensed areas covering most major cities and towns across Canada potentially serving over 15 million in population. Mipps is one of the first companies in Canada to use fixed wireless technologies to conveniently and cost-effectively meet the full range of communications and e-services needs of organizations of all sizes. In addition to supplying its customers with robust and secure wireless broadband service at speeds ranging from T1 through to an unprecedented 480Mbps, Mipps provides a host of other comprehensive Internet related services. Mipps’ world class technology takes advantage of international standards and provides innovative services to end-users with the highest reliability.
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 transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
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