Nortel wins $1 billion Sprint deal

Nortel Networks Corp. Monday said it won a US$1.1 billion contract from Sprint Corp.'s Local Telecommunications Division to transform the carrier's local phone network operations to a packet infrastructure.

Under the 4-year pact, Nortel will supply Sprint with its Succession Communication Server 2000 softswitches, MG 4000 trunking gateways, MG 9000 access gateways and Passport 15000 Multiservice Switches. The agreement with Nortel involves the first phase of an 8-year project for Sprint to transform its 18-state network to packet technology.

The project will encompass 3.6 million phone lines and combine three separate networks into a single, converged network for voice, data and private line services, Nortel says.

Nortel expects to begin shipping equipment this quarter, with initial deployment by Sprint in 2002 and volume shipments beginning in 2003.

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