O2 selects Lucent for 3G roll out support contract

Lucent Technologies has today been awarded $45 million by O2 to provide packet infrastructure, software and services in support of O2’s 3G UMTS network roll out.

Lucent Technologies today announced that it has been selected by O2 to provide packet infrastructure, software and services, to enable the operator to deploy and manage a voice and data transport network to support its 3G UMTS (universal mobile telecommunications system) network roll out.

The three-year framework agreement has a potential value in excess of $45 million.

As part of the agreement, Lucent will supply its Packetstar (PSAX) 1000, 2300 and 4500 MultiService Media Gateways to allow the development and consolidation of O2’s ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) networks in Germany, Ireland and the UK.

The PSAX gateway will enable O2 to enhance its existing infrastructure and network to support increases in voice, video and data traffic as O2 rolls out its 3G UMTS products.

Lucent Worldwide Services will deploy and integrate the ATM infrastructure and software into O2’s multi-vendor network and provide ongoing maintenance support.

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