Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Alcatel-Lucent Signs 4-Year LTE Deal with Verizon Wireless Valued at $4 Billion

Verizon Wireless and Alcatel-Lucent have signed a four-year agreement expected to be worth US$4 billion for ongoing 3G network expansion and 4G/LTE network build out.

Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will provide infrastructure solutions spanning its entire portfolio, including:

  • end-to-end CDMA and LTE radio network solutions;

  • IP, optical and microwave backhaul and transport; and

  • complete portfolio of professional and network integration services.

"Verizon Wireless and Alcatel-Lucent have enjoyed a strong history dating back to the introduction of CDMA, which remains a viable technology today as we're now enabling Verizon to evolve to the next generation that is 4G/LTE," said Robert Vrij, President of Alcatel-Lucent's Americas Region. "What's more, this agreement underscores Verizon Wireless' confidence in our ability to support both the existing 3G and the new 4G/LTE networks with an integrated, flexible and service-aware architecture that runs the gamut from radio access to IP backhaul and transport, core and applications."