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April 30, 2007
LONDON -- Macropolitan and Alcatel-Lucent announce today that they have signed a deal to work together to provide UK operators with an offering that brings the technology and services leadership of Alcatel-Lucent together with Macropolitan’s ownership of the UK’s largest portfolio of exclusive telecoms rights at 8,900 urban sites.
Alcatel-Lucent can now offer UK operators a fully outsourced WiMAX network deployment in urban areas. Alcatel-Lucent is able to provide the WiMAX infrastructure, network planning, site acquisition, installation and maintenance services while Macropolitan will offer its portfolio of urban sites to Alcatel-Lucent. This partnership will deliver a best-in-class WiMAX deployment service, removing delays associated with traditional site acquisition.
"Alcatel-Lucent is offering UK operators a WiMAX network turn-key deployment service using Macropolitan’s leading urban site portfolio. We chose to work with Macropolitan to enable us to offer superior urban coverage to our customers and to further extend our strategic advantage in the WiMAX market," said Alan Mottram, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent UK & Ireland.
Ryan Jarvis, CEO, Macropolitan stated that "Alcatel-Lucent has a proven track record in WiMAX innovation. Macropolitan is therefore pleased to provide our sites to Alcatel-Lucent so that Alcatel-Lucent can now offer the fastest WiMAX turn-key roll-out service available to any UK operator."
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)
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