Lucent Extends CDMA450 Footprint

Lucent expands 3G CDMA450 product portfolio by introducing high-capacity base station with reduced footprint

September 8, 2004

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MURRAY HILL, N.J. and BUCHAREST -- Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU - News) today introduced a cost-effective, high-capacity base station with a reduced footprint called the Lucent Flexent® CDMA450 Modcell ES, its newest CDMA2000® base station for the 450 MHz spectrum band (CDMA450). Zapp in Romania is deploying the Modcell ES as part of its CDMA450 network expansion, which will include the introduction of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO data services such as high-speed Internet and Intranet access, videoconferencing and other multimedia applications at speeds of up to 2.4 Megabits per second (Mbps) -- among the fastest data speeds available in Europe -- to businesses and consumers.

Part of Lucent's Bell Labs-developed OneBTS® family of base stations, the Flexent® CDMA450 Modcell ES' footprint is 40 percent smaller and provides the same capacity as Lucent's previous high-capacity CDMA450 base station model. The Modcell ES is designed for service providers requiring a high-capacity solution to offer comprehensive coverage in high-use urban and suburban environments. It also enables NMT (Nordic Mobile Telephone) 450 service providers to smoothly migrate their analog networks to advanced, third-generation (3G) networks that provide digital voice and mobile high-speed data services.

"Lucent helped create the market for CDMA450 and we continue to introduce innovative products and solutions that enable CDMA450 service providers to offer high-quality voice and high-speed data services that are comparable to, or exceed the best available anywhere in the world," said Mike Iandolo, vice president of CDMA product management, Lucent Technologies' Mobility Solutions Group. "The CDMA450 Modcell ES, with its support for 1xEV-DO, can help CDMA450 service providers such as Zapp distinguish their mobile offerings, and help bridge the digital divide by providing universal access and world-class service to underserved populations and regions."

The Flexent® CDMA450 Modcell ES also can provide in-building and rural coverage and fill in network coverage gaps, and its smaller footprint also saves on real estate and operational support costs. It supports both CDMA2000 1X and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology, and also will support push-to-speak and IP (Internet Protocol) backhaul capabilities.

Lucent, the first to deliver CDMA450 solutions globally, has deployed commercial networks in 450 MHz spectrum for Delta Telecom and Moscow Cellular Communications -- both part of the SKYLINK initiative in Russia -- Zapp in Romania, Uzbek Telecom in Uzbekistan and Vietnam Power Telecom, and is conducting numerous CDMA450 trials with customers around the world.

Lucent and Zapp are demonstrating live over-the-air data transmissions at speeds of up to 2.4 Mbps using the Modcell ES at the 450 MHz Digitalisation conference, taking place Sept. 8-9 at the Marriott Hotel in Bucharest, Romania. Advanced services such as video instant messaging and streaming video are being delivered via laptops and personal digital assistants (PDAs).

Lucent Technologies Inc.

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