Alcatel-Lucent wireless upgrade aims to ease LTE move

The company has rolled out an 'ultimate wireless packet core', which could help carriers to move from 2G to 3G
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

Alcatel-Lucent on Thursday rolled out a new wireless equipment portfolio that is designed to make it easier for wireless carriers to move from 2G and 3G networks to the speedier long-term evolution platform.

The company is calling its rollout the "ultimate wireless packet core". With the move, Alcatel-Lucent is joining the ranks of companies trying to help carriers provide speedier broadband of both the wireless and wired flavours. Alcatel-Lucent primarily competes with Cisco, which recently bought Starent, and Juniper Networks, which is also targeting wireless carriers.

Lindsay Newell, vice president of marketing for Alcatel-Lucent's IP portfolio, said the company's latest products — the 7750 SR LTE packet gateway, Wireless Mobility Manager, 5620 Service Aware Manager and 5780 Dynamic Service Controller — are designed to appeal to 2G and 3G carriers that plan to eventually move to long-term evolution (LTE). The pitch is that Alcatel-Lucent's gear will eliminate the need for incremental upgrades as carriers take steps to reach an LTE network.

For more on this story, see Alcatel-Lucent upgrades wireless portfolio; Enables tiered data plans, LTE on ZDNet.com.

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