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MetroPCS to upgrade to 3G in seven U.S. markets
Posted: 10-Dec-2007 [Source: Alcatel-Lucent]

[Alcatel-Lucent to include its 3G CDMA2000 networking solutions as part of agreement to build out MetroPCS' AWS spectrum in seven U.S. markets.]

Dallas and Murray Hill, NJ -- MetroPCS Wireless, Inc., a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of MetroPCS Communications, Inc., the nation's leading provider of unlimited wireless communications service for a flat-rate with no signed contract, and Alcatel- Lucent today announced a three and one-half- year extension of their existing agreement to include, among other things, Alcatel-Lucent's third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 mobile networking solutions to build out MetroPCS' AWS spectrum in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Los Angeles. Currently, MetroPCS offers PCS service in the Miami, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento metropolitan areas.

Alcatel-Lucent will continue to provide to MetroPCS a range of base stations designed to fit a wide variety of deployment scenarios, both in new and existing markets, including high-capacity Macro base stations, medium- capacity Sub-Compact base stations and Low-Power base stations for in-building applications. Alcatel-Lucent also will provide maintenance and professional services, including network optimization, design and engineering.

"Our customers want the most value for their dollar and our unlimited flat-rate service offers a compelling value proposition, which is evident by the remarkable continued growth of our subscriber base," said Roger D. Linquist, MetroPCS' Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. "Alcatel-Lucent has been a valued and trusted partner in the evolution of our network since the launch of our initial markets. We look forward to continuing that relationship and for Alcatel-Lucent to provide us with the technology and solutions we need to further evolve and grow our network."

"This is a significant win for Alcatel-Lucent and our continued relationship with MetroPCS is confirmation of the confidence they have in our CDMA solution and CDMA technology in general," said Cindy Christy, president of Alcatel-Lucent's Americas region. "That MetroPCS has chosen Alcatel-Lucent to build out its initial AWS markets speaks volumes regarding the quality of our products, of our technology and of the people who provide them."

In addition, MetroPCS will deploy the Alcatel-Lucent AnyPath Messaging System in its network, integrating existing call answering and voice messaging capabilities with a wide array of next-generation, media-rich applications, including: advanced multimedia, mobile data, unified communications, video mail, speech-enabled and real-time voice portal applications.

MetroPCS also will leverage the Alcatel-Lucent Market Advantage Program (MAP) as the company continues to expand its network and offer mobile high- speed data services to its enterprise and residential customers. MAP is a global program designed to help Alcatel-Lucent's customers and business partners identify market opportunities, develop marketing plans and speed profitable service launches.

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