Alcatel-Lucent to provide network integration,
products and software to integrate various mobile frequencies and
technologies into single scalable network
Paris, December 6, 2010 — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and
NYSE: ALU) has been awarded a five-year contract to help develop and deploy
Sprint’s new Network Vision, a blueprint for a cost-effective, innovative
network plan to further enhance voice quality and data speeds for customers
across the United States.
Through Network Vision, Sprint will consolidate multiple networks into one
seamless infrastructure by implementing multi-mode technology to enhance
service — coverage, quality and speed — create network flexibility, reduce
operating costs and improve environmental sustainability. Alcatel-Lucent was
one of three vendors chosen for the Network Vision project. Sprint expects that
the total estimated incremental cost of the Network Vision program over the
deployment period is between $4 billion and $5 billion.
Sprint has selected Alcatel-Lucent to provide comprehensive turnkey network
integration services, converged radio access network (RAN), IP/MPLS and packet
microwave backhaul and network monitoring in markets in the northeastern,
mid-Atlantic and southern California regions of the United States, including
New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C./Baltimore and Los
“Sprint looks forward to working with Alcatel-Lucent on this important
network evolution project designed not only to improve the customer experience,
but to take our customers to the next level of mobility, and beyond,” said
Steve Elfman, president, Network Operations and Wholesale, Sprint. “Through our
competitive vendor selection process, Alcatel-Lucent demonstrated that they are
ready to deliver innovative, cost-effective, state-of-the art technology and
deliver financial value to Sprint.”
“Sprint is a longstanding and valued customer of Alcatel-Lucent. These
network enhancements represent a bold move enabling Sprint customers to have
the latest, most cutting-edge services and capabilities not just for today, but
also as Sprint evolves to its unified next generation network,” said Robert
Vrij, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Americas Region. “What’s more, we are
supporting Sprint’s strong commitment to eco-sustainability with technology
that helps them reduce carbon footprint and energy costs in their network.
We look forward to helping Sprint implement its Network Vision over the
Alcatel-Lucent is providing:
• Comprehensive turnkey network
integration services, including professional services suite of installation
and commissioning, software integration, training, project management and
• Multi-standard base
station solution that flexibly supports both 3G and multiple
technologies across multiple radio spectrum bands.
9500 Microwave Packet Radio (MPR),
7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR) and
7750 Service Router (SR) providing a single converged IP backhaul network
across fiber and microwave technologies.
9900 Wireless Network Guardian (WNG) providing unique insight into network
performance allowing Sprint to analyze and optimize the relationship between
application traffic, network performance, and subscriber experience.
5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM), providing end-to-end wireless IP
operations and management, from cell tower to packet core.
• Hybrid and coaxial cables
and antennas from Radio Frequency
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.8 million
customers at the end of the third quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the
first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States;
offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands
including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance
Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a
global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green
Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of
any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.