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Sprint spends $3 billion to upgrade mobile network

Posted: 10 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sprint? lucent technologies? nortel? motorola? cdma2000 1xev-do?

Sprint Corp. is extending its supply agreements with Lucent Technologies, Nortel and Motorola in an upgrade of its cellular network valued at $3 billion over the next three years, the operator said Tuesday (Dec. 7).

Lucent said its deals for base station gear for third generation network based on cdma2000 1xEV-DO technology and IP multimedia Subsystems should be worth over $1.5 billion over three years.

Nortel puts the value of its contracts for CDMA 1X base stations, controllers and switching platforms at $1 billion, while Motorola suggests its share of the extension to the PCS network extension is worth $450 million.

Sprint said in June it would add EV-DO capabilities to its network in major metropolitan areas in 2005. The company said this portion of the upgrade would cost $1 billion, with the majority being spent in 2005.

The $3 billion also includes options for 1xEV-DV Release D broadband speed upgrades, with all three manufacturers saying they are in the running to supply gear for this extension.

- John Walko

EE Times

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