Paris and Barcelona, February 16th, 2011 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been selected by Togo Cellulaire, the leading mobile operator in Togo for a major expansion and upgrade of its 2G/3G wireless network. This network extension is a new phase of the multimillion Euro wireless broadband network transformation deal awarded last year by Alcatel-Lucent to extend Togo Cellulaire network capacity in GSM and to build the first 3G network in the country.
The new network will enable Togo Cellulaire to offer advanced mobile broadband services and to reach a greater number of subscribers and further improve their already high quality of service by taking benefit from a scalable bandwidth to accommodate the anticipated surge in mobile traffic.
Alcatel-Lucent will be the sole supplier transforming Togo Cellulaire network with its end-to-end solution that will significantly boost the operator GSM/EDGE (2.5G) network capacity and coverage and raise its 3G network to HPSA+ (3.75G) wireless capability, as well as provide new microwaves links to address the growing demand for advanced mobile high broadband services through an all-IP broadband network.
This strategic contract strengthen the long term partnership between Alcatel-Lucent and Togo Cellulaire and will enable the operator to leverage and build on its existing investments to enhance 3G HSPA+ network and to deliver new personalized innovative multimedia services to its business and consumer users in the country.
A part of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will provide a turnkey project based on its world class expertise resources and critical professional services such as Installation and commissioning for a great part of the equipment involved in the network expansion deployment, 3G Network Design, Radio Network Planning, Field Integration, optimization and Project management as well as associated management systems enabling Togo Cellulaire to introduce new multimedia applications.
“Our longstanding relationship with Alcatel-Lucent and their world class experience in network transformation and its true commitment were the key reasons we re-engage our confidence for this challenging project” said Atcha-Dedji Affoh, chief executive officer of Togo Cellulaire. “The Alcatel-Lucent’s solution will help us expand our network and introduce the innovative wireless services in the country”
“Combining our good knowledge of advanced operators with our world class capabilities and comprehensive portfolio, we accompany customers hand in hand to anticipate innovation and economic growth. The Alcatel-Lucent’s solution will support Togo Cellulaire network efficiency and will meet its subscriber’s requirement for mobile high speed internet access” said Adolfo Hernandez, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in EMEA.
Since 1998, Alcatel-Lucent became Togo Cellulaire’s main supplier with advanced mobile solutions including radio access, core network and applications such as personalized ring back tones, mobile email and billing. Alcatel-Lucent build, extend Togo Cellulaire network capacity in GSM (2G/EDGE) as well as its 3G wireless broadband network in the country.
About Togo Cellulaire
Togo Cellulaire was inaugurated in July 1998 and is a subsidiary of Togo Telecom, the sate owned operator. With more than 1.6 million subscribers (99% prepaid), Togo Cellulaire is the leading operator in Togo and enjoys 70% market share. Togo Cellulaire has, since its inception, invested heavily in mobile communication infrastructure and is determined to provide new and innovative services. By focusing on technological innovation and a wide variety of mobile services, Togo Cellulaire is today the only operator in Togo to provide value added data services.
About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost centres of research and innovation in communications technology.
With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach.
The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.
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