Verizon and Lucent ink $5 billion supply contract

Verizon Wireless and Lucent Technologies today announced a three-year, $5 billion contract that will enable Lucent to become the largest supplier of Verizon Wireless’ third-generation high-speed mobile network infrastructure.

Verizon Wireless and Lucent Technologies today announced a three-year, $5 billion contract, which positions Lucent to become the largest supplier of Verizon Wireless’ third-generation (3G) high-speed mobile network infrastructure.

Verizon Wireless will begin to deploy its first phase of 3G technology, known as cdma2000 3G1XRTT, in its US network later this year. This 3G introduction will, according to a statement from Lucent, be the first commercial system in the United States.

The upgrades will potentially double the existing network’s voice capacity and increase data-transmission speeds by nearly ten times. Verizon Wireless will also deploy cdma2000 1XEV-DO, a technology said to be compatible with existing and new base stations, which enables data-only services to customers requiring higher Internet access speeds.

Third-generation networks are said to require high-speed data-networking systems to support mobile Internet sessions at ever-increasing rates. When deployed, it will make it possible for Verizon customers to tap into the ever-growing portfolio of new applications requiring very high-speed data transmission.

The cdma2000 technologies being used by Verizon Wireless to enhance and expand its national network services are said to comply with the international 3G standards established by International Telecommunications Union (ITU). A key advantage of these technologies is the forward and backward compatibility to Verizon Wireless’ existing cdmaOne network.

Under the agreement, Verizon Wireless will purchase multiple products and systems from Lucent’s comprehensive portfolio, including Bell Labs-developed software that is designed to expand wireless coverage, increase capacity, and support high-speed data and mobile Internet applications.