Nortel's $2B CDMA Bump

Verizon Wireless has inked a five-year, $2 billion extension of Nortel Networks Ltd. 's deal to provide CDMA infrastructure and services for the number two U.S. mobile operator. (See Nortel Wins $2B.)

The 3G deal comes at a key moment for Verizon as its EV-DO-based V CAST video and music services and high-speed Internet and email offering are seeing significant take-up among users. Data services made up around 14 percent of Verizon Wireless's revenue in the third quarter of 2006.

With this deal, Verizon Wireless plans to deploy additional CDMA2000 radio base stations, switching, IP platforms, optical networking systems, and related equipment with professional services from Nortel. The Canadian vendor will also supply Verizon Wireless with CDMA 1xEV-DO Revision A technology. The operator is gearing up to launch Rev. A services soon, although it hasn't made an official announcement yet.

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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