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Globalive chooses technology built at Alcatel-Lucent’s Ottawa facility

Posted by sweens on July 30, 2009

By Krystle Chow, Ottawa Business Journal Staff

Wed, Jul 29, 2009 12:00 PM EST

Technology developed at Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU)’s Ottawa research facility will form the backbone for Globalive Wireless’s new countrywide 3G mobile network, Globalive announced Wednesday.

Toronto-based Globalive – which only recently won $442-million-worth of spectrum to provide wireless services across Canada, except in Quebec, through Industry Canada’s advanced wireless services spectrum auction in 2008 – said it’s awarded a multimillion-dollar, three-year contract to Alcatel-Lucent to help build the new high-speed network.

Alcatel-Lucent is providing its 3G radio access network solution that’s ready for migration to the new long-term evolution, or LTE, technology, as well as a variety of services including site acquisition and construction, radio frequency network design and optimization, and overall network planning and design.

The company noted that the Globalive deployment leverages technology developed at Alcatel-Lucent’s Ottawa operations.

Globalive, which also operates long-distance calling service Yak Communications and Canada Payphone, is expecting to launch its wireless voice, text and data services in select markets beginning 2010.

The telecom firm also recently chose another Ottawa company, DragonWave Inc. (TSX:DWI) to provide its Horizon Compact technology to support the need for bandwidth for its new network.

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