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Alcatel-Lucent enhances mobile broadband capacity, coverage and reliability for Togo Cellulaire’s customers

At a glance:

* Under a new 2012 network expansion programme, Alcatel-Lucent will enable Togo Cellulaire to further transform its network, increase its capacity and improve its GSM and 3G mobile broadband reliability across the country.

* This is a new phase of the agreement announced in January 2010 around the delivery of a new 3G mobile broadband network in Togo and follows the expansion of Togo Cellulaire’s GSM and 3G mobile broadband network announced in February 2011.

Alcatel-Lucent is to further enhance the quality, coverage and capacity of mobile broadband for customers of Togo Cellulaire, the leading mobile operator in Togo, in a new major expansion of its GSM and 3G mobile broadband network.

The 2012 expansion programme will enable Togo Cellulaire to transform its network, increase its capacity and improve its reliability to support growing demand for mobile broadband data and video in the country. In terms of capacity, the number of 2G BTS and 3G NodeB will be increased, microwave links will provide robust backhaul to the new sites, and the capacity of some of the existing microwave links will be extended. Introduction of Alcatel-Lucent’s 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (MPR) technology between Lomé, Aného and Kara will further improve mobile broadband reliability for subscribers.

As part of this network transformation, Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its Service Router 7750 (SR) and is smoothly introducing its IP/MPLS technologies to improve network resiliency and optimise the delivery of different types of mobile broadband traffic, including data services and video to customers. Alcatel-Lucent’s IP portfolio provides Togo Cellulaire with a cost-effective solution that will help to prepare and evolve its network. This will allow Togo Cellulaire to continue to provide world-class services to its subscribers and meet their growing demands for mobile connectivity, both today and in the future.

Alcatel-Lucent has worked with Togo Cellulaire since 1998, providing advanced mobile solutions including GSM/EDGE and 3G mobile broadband radio access, core network and applications such as personalised ring back tones, mobile e-mail and billing. Alcatel-Lucent has been the exclusive provider of Togo Cellulaire since 2007.

Quotes:

Togo Cellulaire quote:

Atcha-Dedji Affoh, Chief Executive Officer of Togo Cellulaire

“With the rapid growth of mobile broadband demand in Togo, we are confident that this new network extension based on Alcatel-Lucent’s proven technology and world-class expertise will support our network transformation strategy to introduce the latest and high-quality wireless services to our customers as well as to meet our business challenge.”

Alcatel-Lucent quote:

Daniel Jaeger, Vice-President of Alcatel-Lucent activities in Africa

"We are honoured to continue accompanying our long-standing collaboration with Togo Cellulaire in their network infrastructure evolution; this new phase will enable Togo Cellulaire to further reinforce its position as the leading mobile operator in Togo and will confirm Alcatel-Lucent's leadership and strong commitment to its customers in the region."

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