Verizon Wireless to Trial Highest Speed 3G Mobile Internet Technology CDMA System Will Allow Web Surfing on Existing Network at 2.4 Mbps



    BEDMINSTER, N.J., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move designed to accelerate
 the deployment of high-speed data services throughout its network, Verizon
 Wireless today announced plans to trial cdma2000(TM) 1xEV, a high-speed data
 rate technology that will support up to 2.4 megabits per second (Mbps) in its
 existing spectrum and on current base station equipment.
     1xEV technology delivers faster wireless Internet access than the third-
 generation (3G) enhancements that Verizon Wireless is currently testing along
 with Lucent Technologies (NYSE:  LU).
     Planned for next year, the joint 1xEV trial expands on current cdma2000 1x
 trials conducted on Lucent-supplied Flexent(TM) cdmaOne(TM) network
 infrastructure, thereby setting the stage for rapid commercialization and
 deployment of 3G CDMA digital wireless technology into the Verizon Wireless
 network.  The 1xEV technology will offer subscribers mobile Internet services
 such as instant messaging and streaming audio and video, while also enabling
 high-speed Web browsing and mobile office capabilities.
     "We are continuing a long tradition of collaboration with Lucent
 Technologies since we pioneered the commercialization of CDMA technology,"
 said Ed Salas, vice president of technology development for Verizon Wireless.
 "Not only has CDMA lived up to its promise by delivering superior voice
 quality for our customers, we've been able to cost-effectively add capacity to
 meet the popularity of our service.  With 1xEV technology we will build upon
 the success of CDMA by delivering data-intensive services to our customers."
     "We are gratified that Verizon Wireless continues to rely on Lucent to
 deliver the innovations they require to serve their customers," said Lisa De
 Laurentis, Lucent's vice president of the Verizon customer team.  "In a truly
 cooperative spirit, we have long been collaborators in bringing the benefits
 of CDMA to the consumer, and we are entering a new and exciting phase in our
 relationship with Verizon by making the Internet mobile with a real-world,
 cost-effective incremental technology that takes advantage of the network
 investments already made."
 
     About Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the
 U.S. with 26.3 million wireless voice and data customers and 3.5 million
 paging customers.  The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the
 combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE
 Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) -- and Vodafone
 (NYSE and LSE: VOD).  The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic
 Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and
 AirTouch Paging.  The company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of
 the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets.
 Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 32,000 employees strong.
 Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media
 Center on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.
 
     About Lucent Technologies
     Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, designs and
 delivers the systems, software, silicon and services for next-generation
 communications networks for service providers and enterprises.  Backed by the
 research and development of Bell Labs, Lucent focuses on high-growth areas
 such as broadband and mobile Internet infrastructure; communications software;
 communications semiconductors and optoelectronics; Web-based enterprise
 solutions that link private and public networks; and professional network
 design and consulting services.  For more information on Lucent Technologies,
 visit its Web site at http://www.lucent.com.
     Flexent is a trademark of Lucent Technologies, Inc.  All other trademarks
 are the property of their respective owners.  cdmaOne and cdma2000 are
 trademarks of the CDMA Development Group.
 
 

SOURCE Lucent Technologies

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