Lucent Technologies Inc. this week said U.S. Cellular has awarded the vendor a US$150 million multiyear contract to provide equipment, software and professional services to upgrade its CDMA2000 1xRTT network in Chicago.
The Lucent-supplied infrastructure will help U.S. Cellular increase network capacity and support high-speed mobile data services, such as Internet access, access to corporate Intranets and files, and instant messaging at speeds of up to 153k bit/sec. U.S. Cellular's network currently supports CDMA 1xRTT voice and data offerings but the Lucent gear will help usher in VoIP and 1xEV-DO capabilities, Lucent says.
Lucent will upgrade existing Lucent base stations with CDMA2000 1X channel cards and software, as well as provide new Flexent Modular Cell base stations.
In December 2002, Lucent and U.S. Cellular announced an agreement for equipment to support U.S. Cellular's conversion to CDMA 1xRTT technology. That upgrade began in October 2002 and is scheduled for completion in 2004.