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GTEL-Mobile selects Alcatel-Lucent for GSM/EDGE network roll-out in North and Central Vietnam


Ha Noi, Vietnam.ó Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been selected by GTEL-Mobile, Vietnamís newest mobile operator, to provide a turnkey GSM/EDGE network solution. GTEL-Mobile will roll out Alcatel-Lucentís network in the North and Central areas of Vietnam with commercial services scheduled to start late 2009.

As Vietnamís new mobile operator, GTEL-Mobile considers it strategic to offer reliable and high quality mobile voice and data services from its early days of operation. Additional considerations for GTEL-Mobileís selection of Alcatel-Lucent include minimized network building period, reduced cost of ownership and future customization.

Alexey Blyumin, Chief Executive Officer of GTEL-Mobile said, ďAs newcomer in such highly competitive market, we need to focus all our efforts on building a good quality network with strong customer relationships from Day One of commercial launch. We look forward to tapping on Alcatel-Lucentís worldwide expertise and experience in mobile network deployment.Ē

Alcatel-Lucentís proven and future-proof portfolio is precisely addressing these challenges. The GSM/EDGE access equipment is supporting high capacity within limited cabinet volume; radio sites configuration and optimization are made simple thanks to the dedicated Network Planning & Optimization (NPO) tool. The power efficient BTS moreover benefits from the power save capability, which enables power savings even during high traffic periods. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide its microwave and optical transport equipment for enhancing interconnection among base stations and mobile traffic backhauling capabilities. All these equipment are ready to sustain the rapid increase of voice and data traffic and to host new 3G/4G technologies. Finally, Alcatel-Lucent will provide a complete set of services encompassing design, planning, installation, commissioning, integration, and optimization.

ďOperating in Vietnam for more than 20 years, we have a deep understanding of Vietnamís telecom environment, business drivers and requirements. We are fully committed to support GTEL-MobileĎs strategy to provide their customers with quality wireless services throughout the country. Our solution will enable them to extend their reach and handle the high traffic volumes of Vietnamís North and Central provinces,Ē said Raoul Ros, Country General Manager of Alcatel-Lucent in Vietnam.


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