du has announced its plans to use the Alcatel-Lucent small cells technology for making its fixed and mobile converged services offering a reality by the end of 2010.
du owns advanced networks in the United Arab Emirates region, consisting of a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) architecture on the fixed side, and an HSDPA+ network on the mobile side. Leveraging its existing fixed and mobile infrastructure assets, du will now deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s small cells technology to help its customers overcome indoor mobile coverage issues.
“Building on Alcatel-Lucent’s small cells approach, we can satisfy the increasingly demanding mobile service requirements of our residential and business subscribers – answering their need for crystal-clear voice and high-speed data services, no matter where they are and through any 3G-enabled device,” said Farid Faraidooni, chief commercial officer, du, in a statement.
Alcatel-Lucent will provide its end-to-end femto-based 9360 Small Cell portfolio, consisting of the 9361 Home Cell, the 9362 Enterprise Cell, the 9366 Small Cell Gateway, and Small Cell Management and Customer Care systems.