Etisalat First to Deploy ‘Femtocells’ in the UAE

October 19, 2010

DUBAI, October 19, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Etisalat, the Middle
leading telecommunications service provider today announced the
deployment of the first femtocell live project in the UAE, provided by
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU). Etisalat’s customers will
benefit from an enhanced quality of mobile broadband connectivity in remote
areas of the UAE, and in high traffic places that require higher mobile
broadband bandwidth. Etisalat is targeting the commercial launch of the
technology within the UAE following the initial successful testing.

“Etisalat has always been an innovator in bringing technologies that
better serve its customers. This technology has the potential to support
increased growth in the usage and consumption of data services and can play a
crucial role in satisfying the explosive growth of mobile broadband usage in
the UAE,” said Khalifa Al Shamsi, senior vice president of Marketing at
Etisalat. “Etisalat customers will not only benefit from improved coverage,
but will also enjoy increased data capacity and uninterrupted, high-quality
mobile connectivity.”

Amr El Leithy, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s business in the Middle East
and Africa said, “This decision reinforces Alcatel-Lucent’s leading position
in the small cell field and confirms our ability to help major operators to
deal with one of the biggest trends in wireless communications, extending
indoor mobile coverage to in-building environments.”

Etisalat today offers mobile broadband services and allows customers to
enjoy the maximum expected performance with the region’s fastest speeds in
the UAE to be upgraded to 42.2Mbs on the HSPA+ (3.75G) network; and the
widest 3G network covering 99% of the country’s populated area. This provides
customers with a superior wireless data experience when they access their
mobile social network, stream videos or share content. To derive maximum
benefit of Etisalat’s services based on its advanced technologies, including
HSPA+, customers can avail of technology-compatible devices such as
Etisalat’s HSPA+ routers, 3G USB modems and smart device bundles.

About the Alcatel-Lucent Small Cell approach

Through a series of 12 new small cell contract wins in only three months,
Alcatel-Lucent is clearly establishing itself as the leading end-to-end
Femto/small cell vendor, currently holding more than 20 trials and 14
commercial deployment agreements.

The Alcatel-Lucent Small Cell portfolio currently consists of the 9361
Home Cell and the 9362 Enterprise Cell. Alcatel-Lucent’s Small Cell approach
benefits from the company’s unique expertise in bringing together wireless
and IP technologies into a single, coherent network. It is an integral part
of Alcatel-Lucent’s Application Enablement vision – building on its High
Leverage Network(TM) architecture to deliver wireless IP services.
Alcatel-Lucent is leading in small cells with an unrivaled end-to-end
portfolio that includes innovation from Bell Labs such as support systems for
customer care and self-organizing networks (SON).

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs’ SON innovations significantly reduce
operational expenses while improving network performance. Not only does SON
empower Alcatel-Lucent’s Small Cell portfolio to automatically configure at
power up; it also enables the small cells to periodically monitor, update and
optimize their neighbor relation lists and handover parameters – thus
reducing handover failures by up to 80%. Using SON technology,
Alcatel-Lucent’s Small Cell portfolio also has the capability to continuously
adjust transmit power to the surrounding environment – to deliver the best
possible coverage.

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transformation partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic
industries such as defense, energy, healthcare, transportation, and
governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video
communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged
broadband networking, IP and optics technologies, applications and services,
Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of

Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications
industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced
global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local
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