Nortel to supply 3G gear to Cingular

Nortel Networks this week announced a US$500 million contract signed last November to supply Cingular Wireless LLC with GSM/General Packet Radio Service equipment for upgrades in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Under terms of the three-year agreement, Nortel will supply Cingular with radio base stations, core switching and IP equipment to support GSM voice and GPRS data services. Network upgrades will also support migration to Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution (EDGE) technology.

Nortel will also supply equipment to upgrade Cingular's Puerto Rican network from Time Division Multiple Access to GSM. Cingular says it expects to start delivering commercial GSM services in Puerto Rico in the second quarter.

Some of the Nortel products Cingular will install include the Shasta 5000 Broadband Service Node for delivery of IP-based services, and Nortel's Passport 15000 multiservice switch. With the equipment, Cingular says it will be able to offer mobile Web browsing, location-based services, m-commerce, VPNs, personal messaging, music and video.

In addition to equipment, Nortel will supply Cingular with its own Fractional Frequency Reuse and Advanced Radio Frequency algorithms that increased voice radio traffic capacity by as much as 120% during a Cingular market trial.

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