Lucent 3G equipment commercially available

Lucent Technologies Inc. has made its equipment and software using the 3G (third generation) CDMA2000 (Code Division Multiple Access) standard commercially available for the first time, the company announced Thursday.

Lucent is already installing and testing the equipment with customers worldwide who are now in the process of upgrading their current-generation, or cdmaOne, mobile networks, the company said in a statement.

The company already has a number of agreements in place with large vendors for upgrading networks to 3G. In March, Lucent announced a three-year, US$5 billion deal with Verizon Wireless Inc. to supply 3G mobile telephony equipment. Lucent is helping the U.S. operator upgrade its existing voice network to the CDMA2000 standard.

In June, Lucent signed a $1 billion three-year deal with Sprint Corp. to build out its 3G network with a variety of hardware and software products.

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