Following the May 2 announcement that they would create a joint company for the development of future-generation mobile communications network systems, Alcatel and Fujitsu have finalised agreements for the founding of Evolium SAS, an Alcatel-Fujitsu company headquartered in VÃ©lizy near Paris. Alcatel and Fujitsu respectively hold a 66% and 34% share in the new company.
Under the terms of this agreement, Evolium SAS will benefit from more than 2000 engineers provided by Alcatel and Fujitsu from their existing technological teams in France, Japan, Germany, Belgium and China.
Evolium SAS will be responsible for product definition and R&D of 2G and 3G mobile radio communications networks, including GSM and its various evolutions (GPRS and EDGE). A special emphasis is being placed on the development of a 3G/UMTS.
These UMTS solutions will be largely based on Fujitsu’s experience acquired as supplier to NTT DoCoMo in Japan, which will commence the commercial operation of its 3G mobile communication service in the spring of 2001.
The first 3G-service offering (UMTS – R’99) will be commercially available in Europe during the first half of 2001. Field trial networks will be delivered to operators in Europe as of the 4th quarter 2000. A demonstration network has already been travelling throughout Europe since June.
The products will be marketed via the existing Alcatel and Fujitsu sales networks. Alcatel will focus on the market corresponding to the worldwide GSM footprint, while Fujitsu will mainly address the Japanese market and some dedicated accounts in Asia-Pacific. In China, Alcatel and Fujitsu intend to work closely together in marketing the Evolium products.
In parallel, Alcatel and Fujitsu co-operate in the field of 3G core networks, terminals and applications in order to provide customers with end-to-end solutions. In the framework of an OEM agreement, Fujitsu will distribute the mobile core networks solutions developed by Alcatel.
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