Vodafone has selected Alcatel-Lucent to supply small cell and Wi-Fi technology as part of its Project Spring investment programme.

Specifically, A-L said it will create a mesh network with existing macro cells to improve the customer experience in urban areas.

Vodafone is spending over €8 billion on upgrading its network infrastructure as it bids to turn around its performance.

In February, the operator awarded five-year network upgrade contracts to Ericsson and Nokia as part of Project Spring.

In March, it announced that Huawei is expanding its Single RAN as part of another five-year Project Spring deal, while Samsung was charged with supplying 2G, 3G and 4G base stations in February.

Vodafone recorded £6.6 billion worth of impairments in Europe alone during the first three months of this year as revenues fell 3.5 percent.

The deal with A-L builds on a long-standing partnership in the small cells area, which recently included a small cells trial in the Netherlands.

Luis Martinez Amago, President of A-L’s EMEA region, commented: “Vodafone Group is taking a leadership role with the deployment of small cells throughout their global properties and by serving as an industry reference with the deployment of a multi-vendor heterogeneous architecture.”

It is the second small cells deal that the vendor has announced in the last few weeks. In June, it revealed two contract wins with Uruguay’s Antel and Denmark’s TDC.

A-L said its small cell portfolio now has over 115 contracts in over 45 countries.

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