Alcatel-Lucent taps non-traditional partners for small cells

For mobile operators considering small cell deployments, the questions are many: backhaul, logistics, handoffs, interoperability, and of course cost. Through a series of innovative partnerships, Alcatel-Lucent has created a system that it hopes can solve at least two of these problems: backhaul and logistics. The Metro Cell Express Site Certification program leverages the assets of companies that Alcatel-Lucent says are now part of the new wireless ecosystem.