Europe News: Alcatel-Lucent and SHD deploy first next-gen WiMAX network in France

Europe News:  Alcatel-Lucent and SHD deploy first next-gen WiMAX network in France

Alcatel-Lucent and SHD, a corporate joint venture between SFR and Neuf Cegetel, have signed a two-year contract for the supply and installation of the first next-generation WiMAX network in France, using standard 802.16e-2005.

Alcatel-Lucent will equip the planned sites of SHD's WiMAX network in the Ile-de-France (IDF) and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) regions by mid-2009.

The first sites are already operational in the Paris region due to a pilot network deployed at the end of 2006, and will be operational in the PACA region this summer following the second pilot network deployed by SHD and Alcatel-Lucent.

Based on the latest standard IEEE 802.16e-2005, the new radio network will use the 3.4 – 3.6 GHz frequency band. It will enable professional and residential subscribers alike to connect to broadband Internet in fixed and nomadic environments in areas with little or no DSL coverage.

Alcatel-Lucent will provide its complete next-generation WiMAX solution so that SHD's WiMAX network will benefit from one of the most advanced technologies in terms of radio frequency management.

“This first deployment of a WiMAX 802.16e-2005 network in France follows several similar contracts won by Alcatel-Lucent in other European countries since the beginning of the year,” said Olivier Picard, president of Alcatel-Lucent's Europe & South activities.


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