Mini base stations by year-end
Alcatel-Lucent expects its miniature base stations to be commercially available by the end of the year.
The mini lightRadio base stations are envisaged as a lower cost alternative to traditional masts, and could be used to roll out broadband to more areas, more rapidly.
The base stations can be mounted on poles, street lights of buildings, and may cost up to 75% less than traditional masts. They also consume far less power.
Tony Wood, the chief executive of Alcatel-Lucent East Africa says the flexible architecture makes the solution well suited to Africa.