(ALU) recently announced that it has reached a crucial milestone in the development of its next-generation wireless broadband solution following validity certification from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The company became the first vendor to get FCC certification for next-generation base stations, a key prerequisite for sale in the U.S.

To meet the needs of service providers in the U.S., Alcatel-Lucent has developed a high-performance, compact base station designed to help operators launch services quickly to take advantage of their recent investments in digital spectrum bands. Its solution complies with the latest 3GPP standards and incorporates innovations from Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs such as Self-Organizing and Self-Optimizing (SON) capabilities that facilitate seamless introduction of services and ensure optimization of resources. The company’s next-generation base stations also offer a superior level of integration, thus avoiding traditional losses in feeders and cables.

Based in Paris, Alcatel-Lucent is a diversified global manufacturer of telecom equipment with over 77,000 employees in 130 countries worldwide. Apart from being the world’s leading supplier of digital subscriber line (DSL) equipment, it is among the leaders in telephone switching equipment, optical and data networking gear, mobile infrastructure and communications software. The company has also been a big player in mobile handsets, fiber optic cable, and Internet routers.

Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services. It leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. The company’s major competitors include LM Ericsson Telephone Co. (ERIC) and Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO).

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