Alcatel-Lucent wins major contract to expand and enhance Iusacellís network in Mexico with CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A technology
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Iusacell, the largest CDMA mobile telecommunications operator in Mexico, today announced a one-year contract to expand and enhance Iusacellís existing mobile network to support third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 (R) 1xEV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) technology. The new EV-DO Rev. A network will enable Iusacell to continue the deployment of unique services such as IusaTV, BAM-Banda Ancha Můvil (mobile broadband services) and other multimedia services such as video telephony to its growing consumer base.
This announcement was made in conjunction with a contract signing ceremony that took place at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) Wireless 2007 trade show.
As part of this project, which will begin in June 2007, Iusacellís existing Alcatel-Lucent-supplied base stations and core network will be upgraded to support EV-DO Rev. A technology. Alcatel-Lucent also will provide its 9400 AWY Digital Microwave Radio links to transport network traffic and transmission lines and antennas from Radio Frequency Systems. In addition, Alcatel-Lucent will provide integration, deployment, maintenance and project management services.
ďAlcatel-Lucentís technology is critical to Iusacellís success,Ē said Eduardo Kuri, director of infrastructure and systems for Iusacell. ďWith this new project we will further strengthen our network, which is the most powerful, reliable and secure 3G network in Mexico.Ē
ďOur expanded portfolio resulting from the Alcatel-Lucent merger, global leadership in CDMA and our multi-vendor integration capabilities were extremely valuable to Iusacell and allowed us to deliver a winning proposition for this complex and multi-technology project,Ē said Olivier Picard, President of Alcatel-Lucentís Europe and South activities. ďThis is our first EV-DO Rev. A contract in the region as a new company.Ē
Alcatel-Lucent leads the way in building next-generation communications networks in more than 21 countries in the Central and Latin American region. Alcatel-Lucent covers a broad range of technologies, being the regional leader in CDMA, Optical, IPTV, IP Call Center and Operation & Maintenance, and helping service providers, enterprises and governments meet the market demand for converged voice, data and multimedia services.
EV-DO Rev. A is an enhanced version of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO that increases the efficiency, data speeds and capacity of existing CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO networks. EV-DO Rev. A enables users to receive data (forward link) at speeds up to 3.1 Megabits per second (Mbps) and send data (reverse link) at speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps. These increased forward and reverse link data speeds reduce data latency and will enable Iusacell to deliver multimedia services.
CDMA 2000 is a registered trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association
Grupo Iusacell, S.A. de C.V. (Iusacell, BMV: CEL) is a wireless cellular and PCS service provider in Mexico with a national footprint. Iusacell offers more and better voice communication and data services through state-of-the-art technology, such as its new 3G network, throughout all of the regions in which it operate. In addition to our core mobile telephony services, we also provide a wide range of other telecommunications services, including long distance, wireless local telephony and data transmission services. Additional information is available at www.iusacell.com
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