Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) today introduced two CDMA2000(tm) base station systems designed to help mobile operators increase capacity and protect their network investment as they migrate to next-generation technologies. Verizon Wireless is the first customer to deploy these new products, which are the first CDMA (code division multiple access) base stations to be introduced as part of Lucent's Flexent(r) OneBTS(tm) base station portfolio for third-generation wireless networks.
The Lucent Flexent CDMA Modular Cell 3.0 is the most recent addition to Lucent's best-selling line of CDMA base stations. This base station platform can incorporate power distribution and battery back-up within the base station, reducing the size of the cell site equipment footprint by 33 percent and can grow to support more radio frequency carriers, increasing capacity for mobile operators.
The second system introduced today, the Flexent CDMA High-Density (HD) 3.0, is a base station growth cabinet designed for mobile operators with existing Lucent AUTOPLEX(r) Series II cellular base stations. It preserves their investment in the AUTOPLEX systems by enabling them to reuse much of the equipment - including antennas, filters and amplifiers - while increasing capacity by adding the new HD 3.0 cabinet.
The two new systems can be upgraded to incorporate the Flexent OneBTS digital radio shelf, which will be available later this year, as well as other forthcoming capabilities and technologies such as intelligent antennas, which can further boost capacity.
Verizon Wireless is deploying the Modular Cell 3.0 in Dallas and the HD 3.0 in Boston. Both systems are being evaluated in a live commercial network environment.
"These products will help us meet our current and future capacity needs while providing significant investment protection because this platform is also designed to support new technology as it becomes available, including intelligent antennas which further increase capacity and reduce cost," said Ed Salas, vice president of network planning, Verizon Wireless.
Both the Modular Cell 3.0 and HD 3.0 can be upgraded to support the Flexent OneBTS digital radio shelf, which will support new technologies still in development via upgrade kits, including:
- intelligent antennas -- multiple antenna and amplifier technology that provides incremental capacity and coverage improvements as demand requires, without the need for additional base stations;
- dual band/mixed mode capabilities -- base station can support various combinations of both 850 and 1900 MHz spectrum and UMTS and CDMA2000 in the same cabinet;
- cross-carrier channel sharing -- technology that increases capacity by enabling channel card elements within the base station to handle traffic across multiple sectors or carriers.
"With our two new CDMA2000 products, we've taken the best technology from our proven base station platforms, improved it and married it to the future technologies that will define tomorrow," said Mike Iandolo, vice president of product management and marketing, Lucent Technologies Mobility Solutions Group. "Our customers are excited about these solutions because they can elegantly upgrade these systems and stay cutting-edge with the capabilities the evolving product line will deliver. The HD 3.0 also helps our customers preserve their current AUTOPLEX Series II cellular systems - one of our most widely deployed base stations and the backbone of many CDMA networks."
The Modular Cell 3.0 is available in both indoor and outdoor versions and can support cdmaOne(r), CDMA2000 1X voice and data and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO in 1900 and 850 MHz spectrum. The outdoor version of the Modular Cell 3.0 for 1900 MHz will be generally available in May 2002, while the indoor version and the 850 MHz outdoor and indoor versions will be ready in August 2002. This system can be deployed alongside existing AUTOPLEX and Modular Cell 1.0 and 2.0 base station platforms to increase cell site capacity and provide support for future technologies.
The HD 3.0 is an indoor system for 850 MHz spectrum that supports cdmaOne, CDMA2000 1X voice and data and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, while allowing the existing Series II cellular systems to support analog capabilities. It will be generally available later this month in North America with international availability to follow.
Lucent will be showcasing both systems, including a live demonstration of the Modular Cell 3.0, at Lucent's booth (number 2939) at the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association Wireless 2002 show, taking place March 18-20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.