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Alcatel-Lucent And EADS Team Up To Provide Advanced Broadband Solutions

The partnership will focus on developing and providing powerful mobile solutions to the emergency services in the United States.

Alcatel-Lucent is a global supplier to mobile and converged broadband networking applications and services while EADS Defence & Security specializes in providing systems solutions to the armed forces and civil security worldwide.

It was yesterday announced that they had signed an agreement intending to jointly develop and offer a powerful mobile solution based on the rising 4G standard called LTE (Long Term Evolution). In addition, the public safety Project 251 (P25) standards will provide mission-critical communications to fire, police and ambulance departments.

The two companies will market the joint solution through either their existing sales channels or through service providers and systems integrators.

Through a fully integrated, end-to-end solution based on advanced mobile and IP technologies, the initial offering to the U.S. market will be at 700 MHz. The cooperation may eventually be expanded to worldwide markets and other frequencies.

The joint solution will allegedly enhance interoperable voice, video and data communications within and between public safety agencies and help streamline operations, while reducing costs associated with maintaining multiple non-interoperable networks.

“Communications is becoming the ‘oil‘ that makes other industries run, providing new levels of efficiency and safety and delivering new applications and services that were impossible before," commented Tom Burns, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Enterprise activities. “By combining our best-in-class end-to-end broadband wireless solutions with EADS’ public safety applications and technologies, we will provide first responders and public safety organizations new powerful communication tools and services."

Hervé Guillou, CEO of Defence & Communications Systems in EADS Defence & Security added “We are looking to propose mission-critical systems combining the strengths of our COR P25 radio system open architecture with the next generation of networks and applications in order to better respond to customer requirements." "We have found the best partner as Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in LTE and has a strong presence in North America"
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