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December 7, 2010

Sprint selects Alcatel-Lucent to develop, deploy new Network Vision in US

Turnkey network integration services, converged radio access network, IP/MPLS and packet microwave backhaul

By CBR Staff Writer

Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded a five-year contract to help develop and deploy Sprint‘s new Network Vision, a blueprint for innovative network plan to enhance voice quality and data speeds for customers across the US.

Sprint said that through Network Vision it will consolidate multiple networks into one seamless infrastructure by implementing multi-mode technology to enhance service coverage, quality and speed, create network flexibility, reduce operating costs and improve environmental sustainability.

Under the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will provide turnkey network integration services, converged radio access network (RAN), IP/MPLS and packet microwave backhaul and network monitoring in markets in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic and southern California regions of the US, including New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C./Baltimore and Los Angeles.

Alcatel-Lucent Americas region president Robert Vrij said these network enhancements represent a bold move enabling Sprint customers to have the latest, most cutting-edge services and capabilities not just for today, but also as Sprint evolves to unified next generation network.

Alcatel-Lucent was one of three vendors chosen for the Network Vision project, which is estimated to cost between $4bn and $5bn over the deployment period.

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