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July 8, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent to bid for Vodafone’s small cell rollouts

The firm has been selected for Vodafone's Project Spring investment programme.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Vodafone’s Project Spring investment programme to provide small cell transmitters and Wi-Fi equipment to the mobile operator.

As a "supplier of reference", Alcatel-Lucent, which has more than 115 small cell contracts in more than 45 countries, can now bid on business in Vodafone countries.

Small cells – mini base stations used to improve coverage and capacity at reduced costs – are becoming an important part of Vodafone’s network, with the company planning to build 70,000 small cell and Wi-Fi sites by March 2016.

"Vodafone Group is taking a leadership role with the deployment of small cells throughout their global properties and by serving as an industry reference with the deployment of a multi-vendor heterogeneous architecture," said Alcatel-Lucent’s
Luis Martinez Amago in a statement.

"Vodafone has given Alcatel-Lucent a strong endorsement that our small cells will help them to deliver high quality service to their customers."

Financial details were not disclosed.

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