Bouygues Telecom Chooses iBwave Product Suite for Indoor Wireless Needs
First Project Includes Wireless Network in Paris Metro
MONTREAL, APRIL 12, 2013 — iBwave, the standard for in-building software and training, is proud to announce that Bouygues Telecom, a tier-1 French operator, has selected iBwave to provide their tools of choice for the design and management of future in-building wireless projects. This includes iBwave Design with the Collection module, iBwave Unity and iBwave Mobile. The deal comes shortly after the French regulatory body, ARCEP, authorized Bouygues Telecom to use their 1800MHz spectrum for deploying LTE.
“With the growing number of complex, high density and high profile indoor locations requiring flawless mobile connections, it is necessary to have a tool that allows us to easily plan and predict high capacity network designs,” says Jean-Paul Arzel, Bouygues Telecom Networks Director. “As the industry standard, iBwave was the clear choice to help us do this.”
One of the first projects that Bouygues Telecom will undertake with its newly acquired tools is its part of the shared wireless network for the Paris Metro and RER. This massive multi-operator project promises full coverage of the RATP network by 2015, with 170 of the major stations ready by the end of 2014. Bouygues Telecom is collaborating with the other major French operators on this, to ensure all mobile subscribers using the metro can take advantage of the state-of-the-art wireless network. Bouygues Telecom also has several other indoor projects in the pipeline that will benefit from the use of the iBwave product suite to ensure optimal deployments.
“Mobile users’ expectations of the network are increasingly demanding all over the world,” says Mario Bouchard, President and CEO of iBwave. “Our software helps the industry prepare for this market growth and allows for people to stay connected inside buildings. We see the French market as one of the most dynamic ones at the moment, with projects like the Paris metro and high-visibility rollouts in stadiums for the upcoming 2016 Euro Cup.”
iBwave Design will help automate the company’s entire indoor network planning and design process. iBwave Mobile will enable field teams to easily collect building information during site surveys and import it into iBwave Design via Unity, iBwave’s in-building management platform. The Collection module will be used to validate the designs against real-life metrics, increasing collaboration between field teams and RF engineers. The iBwave products will enable Bouygues Telecom to increase productivity and standardize their indoor network design and deployment process.
ABOUT BOUYGUES TELECOM
As a full-service electronic communications operator (mobile, fixed, TV, Internet and cloud computing), Bouygues Telecom stands out for its innovative products and services and award-winning customer relations serving its 11.3 million mobile and 1.8 million fixed broadband customers, which include more than 1.5 million professional and corporate clients and more than 1 million B&You clients.
After inventing the mobile talk-plan concept in France in 1996, Bouygues Telecom has always been a pioneer in innovation: it introduced the first unlimited call plans with Millennium (1999) and Neo (2006); in 2007, it launched the first fixed-mobile convergence offer for corporate customers; in 2009, it invented the “all-in-one” solution with ideo, the first quadruple play offer in the market; and, as early as July 2011, it invented mobile telephony 2.0 with B&YOU, the first SIM-only Web-Only offer. In June 2012, Bouygues Telecom launched Bbox Sensation, its new range of routers packed with the most innovative technologies on the market that will transform the digital home experience.
Its mobile network covers 99% of the French population with 2G, 96% with 3G+ up to 7,2 Mbit/s and 60% with H+ up to 42 Mbit/s.
Each day, the company’s 9,659 employees develop solutions aligned with changing customer needs.
2,000 customer relations advisers, a distribution network of 650 Clubs Bouygues Telecom stores - with their 2,500 sales advisers - and its websites combine to ensure optimum customer service on a daily basis. www.bouyguestelecom.fr
iBwave Solutions, the standard for converged indoor network planning is the power behind great in-building wireless experience, enabling billions of end users and devices to connect inside a wide range of venues. As the global industry reference, our software solutions allow for smarter planning, design and deployment of any project regardless of size, complexity or technology. Along with innovative software, we are recognized for world class support in 90 countries, industry’s most comprehensive components database and a well-established certification program. For more information visit: ibwave.com
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