Alcatel-Lucent and the Philippines' Globe Telecom Inc. have signed in Paris a confirmation of award that shall involve the former's upgrading of the latter's network in the central and southern parts of the Philippines.
This was according to a press statement by the French telecommunications and networking equipment vendor which said the agreement was signed in Paris on September 17.
The upgrade calls for the transformation of Globe Telecom's infrastructure in the Visayas and Mindanao from WiMax to LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD technologies.
Signing ceremonies took place at the Elysee Palace, official residence of the French president.
The press statement said the event formed part of the itinerary of Philippine President Simeon Aquino III during his two-day official visit to that country last September 17 and 18.
He and President Francois Hollande of France witnessed the signing ceremonies.
Terms of Agreement
The agreement calls for Globe Telecom to deploy Alcatel-Lucent's Radio Access Network (RAN) technology in the Visayas and Mindanao.
The LTE RAN technology equipment will be activated in around 1200 sites along with a converged Network Management System (NMS) to manage and control network equipment on an end-to-end basis from Access to the Core.
Alcatel-Lucent will provide Globe Telecom with a set of professional services that includes engineering, installation, integration and project management services.
With 45 million customers, Globe Telecom Inc. is the Philippines' second largest telecommunications services provider.
There are more than 105 million broadband service subscribers in the country and this number grows 10% yearly bringing about an ever-increasing demand for bandwidth, speed and capacity.
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