U.S. Cellular expands relationship with Nortel

FRAMINGHAM (10/06/2003) - Nortel Networks Corp. and U.S. Cellular announced a multiyear deal Monday for the service provider to deploy Nortel's third-generation (3G) wireless equipment throughout its network.

U.S. Cellular, which has 4.3 million customers, is expected to expand and upgrade its network with Nortel CDMA2000 1X radio base station, switching and "other related equipment."

The companies would not disclose the value of this new contract. Nortel has been supplying U.S. Cellular with equipment for about 20 years.

CDMA2000 1X is an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recognized specification that supports wireless data transfer speeds of up to 153K bit/sec.

The wireless service provider says it will use the Nortel gear to expand its network in several new markets it acquired from AT&T Wireless earlier this year. Those markets include Oklahoma City, Okla.; St. Louis and Springfield, Mo.; and Portland, Maine.

U.S. Cellular offers wireless voice and data services in 152 markets in 26 states.

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