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NTT DOCOMO deploys Alcatel-Lucent’s IP tech to support demand for mobile backhaul in Japan

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NTT DOCOMO deploys Alcatel-Lucent’s IP technology to support demand for mobile backhaul in Japan

NTT DOCOMO to use Alcatel-Lucent’s 7450 Ethernet Service Switch as part of its system in one of the world’s most advanced markets for mobile communication

Paris/Tokyo, May 30, 2014 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced the deployment of its IP technology by NTT DOCOMO to meet rapidly increasing demand for mobile broadband Internet services including videos and music streaming, and multi-player gaming.

NTT DOCOMO will use Alcatel-Lucent’s 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS) as part of its system, greatly enhancing the speed and capacity of its backhaul network, and helping NTT DOCOMO address the significant spike in demand for its mobile broadband service in Japan, one of the most advanced markets globally in terms of mobile communications.

Key Facts:

·         NTT DOCOMO is using Alcatel-Lucent’s ESS IP technology to address increased demand for broadband content and applications thanks to the widespread use of network devices such as smartphones and tablets.

·         Alcatel-Lucent’s Ethernet Service Switches combine 100 Gbps Ethernet technology, an essential requirement for NTT DOCOMO to transmit high-speed LTE data, with advanced Quality of Service functionality and high-speed switch technology.

·         The flexibility of the 7450 ESS means NTT DOCOMO can make simple network upgrades in response to increased customer demand.

·         The 7450 ESS is extremely energy efficient and helps to minimize installation space and power consumption while improving network performance. Because low power consumption and small installation space are requirements for the Japanese market, these qualities are particularly important factors.

Alcatel-Lucent Japan president Nicolas Bouverot, said: “Demand for mobile ultra-broadband services in Japan is exploding, and this is a serious challenge for telecom carriers. For NTT DOCOMO, our routing and Ethernet service technology offers an unbeatable solution that improves network capacity and performance while minimizing installation space and power consumption. As for network upgrades that are needed to respond to changes in demand, we offer a variety of simple options. We at Alcatel-Lucent are focused on providing customers with sustainable solutions. NTT DOCOMO’s adoption of our technology in the backhaul portion of its LTE network provides the perfect example to support our strategy.”

The technology is being delivered through Fujitsu as an Alcatel-Lucent channel partner.  


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