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Sprint moves forward with 3G preparations
Posted: 27-Jun-2001 [Source: Nortel Networks press release]

[Nortel Networks wins contract to supply Sprint with "always on" CDMA infrastructure enhancements, leading to 3G upgrades "beginning later this year."]

Boston and Kansas City -- Nortel Networks and Sprint today announced agreements estimated to be worth up to approximately US$1 billion over three years to deploy enhanced wireless network equipment and professional services to support the continued expansion of the Nortel Networks portion of Sprint's nationwide PCS wireless network.

The agreement extends and expands the existing five-year relationship between Nortel Networks and Sprint to further enhance Sprint's high-speed PCS wireless network. Under terms of the agreements, Nortel Networks will deploy radio base station and intelligent core networking equipment. These agreements are congruent with Sprint's planned enhancements to its wireless PCS network infrastructure and are a key part of its migration to third-generation (3G) services.

These enhancements, combined with Sprint's overall upgrade of its entire PCS network, are intended to provide "always on," next-generation wireless services to consumer and business subscribers. Higher speeds are expected to enable consumers to download music and data to portable wireless devices such as phones, laptops and personal digital assistants (PDAs) directly from the Internet. Business customers are expected to be able to open e-mail attachments using wireless modems in their laptops without seeking a payphone or using expensive hotel connections.

"Nortel Networks and Sprint PCS have a long-standing relationship in not only optimizing technology, but speeding delivery of new, innovative wireless services for our subscribers," said Dennis Huber, senior vice president, network/IT, Sprint PCS.

"Nortel Networks Wireless Internet solutions are positioning Sprint PCS to offer reliable, cost-effective, high-capacity wireless services that can drive higher profits and customer loyalty," said Frank Plastina, president, Wireless and Core Solutions, Nortel Networks. "This win demonstrates our leadership and growing momentum in the global Wireless Internet race.

Later this year, Nortel Networks is scheduled to begin 3G upgrades to its base stations in Sprint's existing PCS network.

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