UAE telco Etisalat has signed a deal with Alcatel-Lucent to jointly develop its mobile network using the vendor’s ‘lightRadio’ technology.
Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio products help to improve the speed and quality of mobile data services, while reducing the opex, the vendor said.
Under the deal, Etisalat will work with Alcatel-Lucent to apply the lightRadio technology to its network.
Etisalat will help influence the development of lightRadio by participating in joint working groups, early trials and validation of the technology.
Business modeling teams from Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s research centre, will conduct a study of Etisalat’s network and determine the best fit of lightRadio products to help to reduce costs and imporve the network.
The agreement was signed by Nasser bin Obood, acting CEO, Etisalat, and Nicholas Bouverot, vice president ME, Alcatel-Lucent.
Bouverot said: “Our work with Etisalat and other major operators on the lightRadio co-creation program will provide us with a greater insight into how operators plan to implement this groundbreaking new technology in their networks.”