Alcatel (ALU +2.1%) is providing 8K of its 4G base stations and its 5620 SAM network management software platform to Telefonica's (TEF +1%) Spanish unit. The company will also provide installation/project management services. (PR)
Alcatel says the deal is its largest European 4G win thus far, and that it now has 40+ commercial 4G contracts.
Struggling to cope with poor macro conditions and plunging service revenue, Spanish carriers have thus far been dragging their feet with regards to widely deploying 4G. The Alcatel/Telefonica deal could be a sign this is about to change.
Due to 2G/3G order weakness, Alcatel's wireless division sales fell 1% Y/Y in Q2 after rising 5% in Q1. The company has reportedly grabbed a 13%, $424M share of a massive 4G base station order recently issued by China Mobile.