Verizon Wireless Deploys Nortel Gear

LAS VEGAS -- Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, has deployed wireless network infrastructure equipment from Nortel Networks (NYSE:NT) (TSE:NT.) in Las Vegas and San Diego, the companies announced today. Part of an estimated US$500 million supply agreement for wireless and optical equipment announced last year, this new infrastructure is expected to provide additional features, increased digital capacity and improved reliability. Trials have already been completed, and the networks are already carrying live voice traffic in both cities. Both networks are designed to support evolution to third generation (3G) cdma2000 1XRTT, which Verizon Wireless plans to begin deploying later this year. With 1XRTT, the Las Vegas and San Diego networks will be capable of moving data at rates up to 144 kilobits per second (kbps), 10 times faster than generally available today.

"Verizon Wireless is dedicated to offering its customers the best quality network in the industry," said Ed Salas, vice president, network planning, Verizon Wireless. "The new network capabilities in San Diego and Las Vegas will help us to offer leading edge, cost-effective services to our customers and at the same time prep the network for 3G services."

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opticaltalent 12/4/2012 | 8:41:57 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Deploys Nortel Gear
What are you smoking when you say Lucent is going in the right direction??? Have you seen their stock chart, missed profit earnings, talent lost...they have a CEO right?

You insight on Lucent is a double bogey!!!
optinuts 12/4/2012 | 8:42:03 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Deploys Nortel Gear fanfare..thank you for a thought out response.

i've had it with the hype too. i was hoping that if we keep vigilant, this site can meet that objective. by pushing certain companies prospects, they undermine their own reporting. but it hasn't helped anyone's stock price. sycamore is at 11 and counting (down). maybe thats a message for everyone.
fanfare 12/4/2012 | 8:42:04 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Deploys Nortel Gear I agree with you regarding LR's coverage. My response was to birdrieking's comments on LU.

Speculation on LU vs NT? Speculation based on the information we gather .. is all any of us can do. Like I said .. I use to work for VZ so some of my speculation is based on discussions that I've had with people who are in a position to know.

Think about what has been reported to us on NT over the last 2 yrs in regard to it's tech and market positioning. Think about what has been reported on LU. Do you think these conditions could so drastically and suddenly reverse themselves? I'm not talking about PR spin. I'm talking about what we've been able to verify with numbers and results.

Hey .. I unloaded a bunch of NT after Roth warned. But that doesn't mean I'm not ready to start sleeping with LU.

I'm sure you are as tired of the hype as I am. A company like LU, which had fallen behind in key development areas... mislead investors regarding their outlook .. etc, makes a few moves that allow them to spin some flowery PR ... and ppl suddenly start singing about their beauty and elegance.

Extremes up .. extremes down. Too much emotion .. after a while .. it's annoying.


optinuts 12/4/2012 | 8:42:08 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Deploys Nortel Gear fanfare,
thats just speculation. it doesn't explain why nortel got coverage for a 500M contract and lucent didn't even get mention for a 5B contract.
LR doesn't feel it owes an answer to this question. maybe the sites running on autopilot while scotts in anaheim.
fanfare 12/4/2012 | 8:42:13 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Deploys Nortel Gear <<the a="" and="" by="" contract="" deal="" direction="" endorsement="" endorsements....lucent="" field="" headed="" in="" is="" large="" lucent="" major="" of="" player....readers="" realize="" right="" should="" technology="" that="" the="" ultimate="" validation="">>

Or, perhaps NT didn't want to give away as many $$ on the contract (not to mention financing) Realizing that the slowdown in spending will eventually recover... they didn't want to get locked into 5 billion in products and manufacturing with extremely low margins.

LU would have done just about anything to be able to make a 5 billion $ announcement. The ultimate validation of technology isn't always in the contract endorsements (when equipment is being given away) ... sometimes it's in the margins.

I use to work for VZ. While there .. I noted a general propensity to focus on cost at the expense of quality and/or advanced tech. They know the position LU is in ... do you think they didn't use this as leverage when negotiating this contract?

I'd wait and see what kind of earnings LU generates from this contract before I'd start shining their shoes.</the>
manoflalambda 12/4/2012 | 8:42:23 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Deploys Nortel Gear Exactly! A completed 40 Gb/sec trial with 40 Gb products on the horizon and no mention whatsoever. My other question would be - is Lucent actually presenting these products at OFC? If so, then there is no excuse for the omissions.

light_on_dude 12/4/2012 | 8:42:23 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Deploys Nortel Gear Mr. Birdie...you posted this on another thread about a story on Zaffire...if your current post, about Lucent is true, Then that means that Zaffire is doing very poorly because they have no real customers, thus they have no Validation according to your philosophy?? Which is it ? Would you perhaps be talking out your arse?? hmmm??? Any wins by zaffire i missed?...didn't think so. ;-)

"Lightreading clearly has Zaffire in their cross hairs, and is hell bent on burning the company with bad press. Lightreading is not objective and their continued negative spins against Zaffire undermines the credibility of the entire site.
Zaffire's platform is the real deal, and lightreading will eat some crow very soon."
optinuts 12/4/2012 | 8:42:24 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Deploys Nortel Gear also note, lucent is absent from the mention of notels 40G push this morning. ciena is quoted as saying they don't believe it yet (perhaps because coredirector is only a 640g system).

this is slipshod journalism at best. i like this site, but such oversights cannot be ignored. this is what fuels all the bias commentry on the message boards. maybe that is what LR wants in the first place?
birdieking 12/4/2012 | 8:42:24 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Deploys Nortel Gear lightreading again loses credibility....The lucent deal is a major endorsement by a large player....readers should realize that the ultimate validation of technology is in the field and contract endorsements....Lucent is headed in the right direction.....
optinuts 12/4/2012 | 8:42:24 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Deploys Nortel Gear Come on light reading, this is a QOS issue. Surely you cannot ignore the magnitude of the lucent deal with verizon.

this from a magazine that specializes in highlighting $20M contracts for startups.
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