Together with Alcatel-Lucent, Orange has successfully completed the first phase of its trial of Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband technology with a live network in France.
This trial enabled Orange to develop hands-on insights into the capabilities of LTE technology and evaluate how it performs in a real, live network environment.
Following the trial’s first phase, Orange is evaluating the introduction of new multimedia applications over an LTE mobile network, such as voice over IP (VoIP) steered by IMS and streaming video. This is part of Orange’s on going work towards preparing for a timely implementation of LTE in support of customer demand.
After initial testing in Orange’s R&D laboratories, a network was deployed in the vicinity of Orange France’s offices in the south of Paris to conduct LTE tests in actual operating conditions using the 2.6 GHz frequency band. Results revealed excellent network stability and very good performance, in line with 3GPP standards expectations, using Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end LTE solution.
“The first results obtained on the LTE trial network are encouraging: the user experience and the quality are very good inside the buildings as well as on the move,” says Alain Maloberti, group vice-president: networks, architecture & design for France Telecom-Orange. “We are confident in the capability of the LTE technology to provide improved customer experience, easier network configuration & management and reduced cost to serve.
"We are eager to proceed to the next phases of our trial, including VoIP, service continuity between 3G and LTE, video streaming, and self-optimisation.”
The end-to-end LTE solution deployed by Alcatel-Lucent for the trial included base stations (eNodeBs), Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and its associated management system. Alcatel-Lucent provided critical professional services such as the installation and commissioning for all of the equipment deployed for the LTE trial as well as configuration, performance monitoring and fault management. The network will also utilise subscriber services provided by Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Mobile TV offerings – supporting a consistent multi-screen experience for communication and entertainment services.
“These first successful results are a major step in the adoption process of LTE technology in Europe, and more specifically in France, and highlights Alcatel-Lucent’s position at the forefront of the development of 4G," says Pierre Barnabé, head of Alcatel-Lucent in France.
“This joint success bears witness to the trust that Orange has placed in Alcatel-Lucent to test LTE live in its main market. We are working in close cooperation with the teams at Orange R&D to contribute to the definition of an end-to-end network architecture that can support future needs of Orange."