Verizon Wireless to Spend $6 billion on Network Upgrade

Verizon Wireless Incorporated will get an increase in coverage and capacity of its existing CDMA2000 (Code Division Multiple Access) EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) Revision A broadband data network through a new three-year contract with Alcatel-Lucent SA that is expected to be worth US$6 billion. In addition, Alcatel-Lucent will also supply technology to enable VOIP and video telephony services. The network update, part of Verizon Wireless' transition to an all-IP network, will also support other new multimedia services that combine voice, data and video. Some existing Alcatel-Lucent switches and routers used by Verizon will be upgraded and Verizon will also use other products from the vendor including digital microwave radios, optical cross-connects and bandwidth management devices. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide network support services as part of the contract.

News source: PC World

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