Lucent unveils CDMA2000 base stations

Lucent Technologies this week unveiled two Code Division Multiple Access 2000 mobile base station systems designed to increase mobile network capacity and aid migration to 3G.

Verizon Wireless is the first mobile network operator to deploy these new base stations, which are part of Lucent's Flexent OneBTS base station line.

The Flexent CDMA Modular Cell 3.0 houses power distribution and battery backup within the base station itself. Lucent says the decision to incorporate these features within the gear was made to reduce the size of the cell site equipment footprint. The company touts a 33 per cent size reduction with this unit.

The Modular 3.0 is available in indoor and outdoor versions and can support CDMA2000 1x voice and data and CDMA2000 1x-Ev-DO. The outdoor version will be available in May, the indoor version in August.

The second system, the Flexent CDMA High-Density (HD) 3.0, is a base station growth cabinet designed to increase capacity of the Lucent Autoplex Series II cellular base stations.

The HD 3.0 system is an indoor system and also supports CDMA2000 1x and CDMA2000 1xEv-DO. It will be generally available later this month.

Both base stations can be upgraded to support Lucent's Flexent OneBTS digital radio shelf which will be available later this year.

Verizon Wireless will deploy the Modular 3.0 in Dallas and the HD 3.0 in Boston. Both systems are currently being evaluated in a live commercial network environment.

Lucent will have live demonstrations of the Modular 3.0 at the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association Wireless show in Orlando, Florida, from March 18-20.

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