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Alcatel-Lucent paves the way for accelerated wireless small cell adoption by launching site certification program

Global program launches with nine initial members to open up assets and capabilities, boosting wireless capacity through global deployment of small cells

Small Cells Americas, Dallas, December 3, 2013 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has launched a major new initiative, the Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program, to remove the challenges associated with site acquisition and backhaul for metro cell deployments.

Alcatel-Lucent sees small and metro cells as key to enabling mobile operators address the demand on network capacity caused by the huge growth of both devices like smartphones as well as bandwidth-hungry data services such as video communication and social media.

Inaugural members of the Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program will include cable operators (MSOs) in the United States, a leading player in the global outdoor advertising market, systems integrators, managed services providers, site acquisition specialty firms and OSP Construction Specialists including Crown Castle, EdgeConneX, Knight Enterprises and Zayo, each bringing unique real estate assets, deployment capabilities and  technical expertise.

As it focuses on Ultra-Broadband Access as part of its specialist repositioning under The Shift Plan, Alcatel-Lucent is helping these companies rapidly integrate small cells into their access infrastructure. The technology to install and manage small cells is well tested. However one major hurdle to widespread adoption is gaining physical access to the various types of places needed for deployment, including light posts, bus stops, existing cable and right of way utility assets, buildings, and other street furniture

Mobile operators will be able to select Alcatel-Lucent certified program members to speed installation of metro cells while addressing key strategic needs such as real-estate, increased network capacity, ongoing break-fix and asset management.                                         

Alcatel-Lucent and certified program members will offer the right expertise to address metro cell deployment challenges for operators. Thousands of sites are readily available for mobile operators to mount metro cells with the potential to quickly scale up to meet the growth and capacity needs of carriers nationally. Program members would bring the ability to cover tens of thousands of locations leveraging ALU’s small cell portfolio and additional opportunities for pole and building attachment in large-scale.

Key facts: 

  • With its initial program members operators will gain access to more than 600,000 qualified sites including: 

  • Over 150,000 serviceable on-net buildings

  • 325,000 street assets including outdoor advertising assets

  • 30,000 roof tops

  • 10,000 fiber to the building assets

  • Dense aerial physical plant and fiber assets for backhaul

  • Public utility right of way access addressing vast urban US market coverage

  • Existing experience in indoor, and outdoor backhaul construction and operation

  • Over 200,000 route miles of fiber in primary  urban and suburban markets across the US

  • Deep referencable experience in providing carrier and backhaul services nationally 

  • Alcatel-Lucent is a specialist in Ultra-Broadband Access and is continuing to extend its industry leadership in small cells, with more than 60 commercial deployments, in 43 countries.

  • 56 percent of operators rated site acquisition as a key barrier to outdoor small cell deployment, according to Infonetics’ October 2013 Small Cell Coverage Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey


Michael J. Schabel, Vice President, Small Cells, Alcatel-Lucent  “Wireless operators have embraced small cells as an essential part of their ultra-broadband wireless network, but they must adapt to the new challenges associated with building, operating, and maintaining these new small cell networks. In order to accelerate and simplify the deployment of small cell networks, we have solicited the help from companies who have assets to contribute to the solution. While no company alone can address the 4P’s necessary for small cell deployment –people, power, poles and ports — the group working together creates tens of thousands of qualified and available small cell sites, and we will further add to that by continuing to add members to this program.”

For more information on the Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program visit: www.nokia.com/blog/lightradiotm-technology-overview/


Alcatel-Lucent is at the forefront of global communications, providing products and innovations in IP and cloud networking, as well as ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access to service providers and their customers, enterprises and institutions throughout the world.

Underpinning Alcatel-Lucent in driving the industrial transformation from voice telephony to high-speed digital delivery of data, video and information is Bell Labs, an integral part of Alcatel-Lucent and one of the world’s foremost technology research institutes, responsible for countless breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent innovations have resulted in the company being recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Global Innovator, as well as being named by MIT Technology Review as amongst 2012’s Top 50 “World’s Most Innovative Companies”. Alcatel-Lucent has also been recognized for innovation in sustainability, being named Industry Group Leader for Technology Hardware & Equipment sector in the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review for making global communications more sustainable, affordable and accessible, all in pursuit of the company’s mission to realize the potential of a connected world.

With revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2012, Alcatel-Lucent is listed on the Paris and New York stock exchanges (Euronext and NYSE: ALU). The company is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog https://www.nokia.com/blog/.