Verizon Wireless Awards Nortel Supply Deal

by CXOtoday Staff    Dec 20, 2006

Nortel and Verizon Wireless have signed an expected five-year, $2 billion agreement for improving and expanding Verizon Wireless’ network.

The network expansion comes as adoption of services to utilize broadband networks - such as the company’s V CAST video and music services, broadband access, high-speed Internet and e-mail offering - has been resonating in the marketplace.

“The popularity of Internet services like user-generated videos, online gaming, music and video is driving an explosion in bandwidth demand. Consumers expect more from their mobile devices than voice communication and text messaging. Nortel is making it simple for Verizon to expand its network to meet this demand and to competitively drive new services to market that their customers will enjoy,” said Richard Lowe, president, mobility and converged core networks, Nortel.

“This expansion underscores our focus on investing in innovative technology and leveraging long-term, strategic relationships with leaders like Nortel to continually enhance our subscribers’ mobile communication experience,” adds Ed Salas, vice president - network planning, Verizon Wireless.

Under this agreement, Verizon Wireless will deploy additional CDMA2000 radio base stations, switching, IP platforms, optical networking solutions and related equipment with the help of services from Nortel. The agreement also builds on a contract announced in July 2006, whereby Nortel was selected to supply Verizon with CDMA 1xEV-DO Revision A technology.

Mallikarjun Rao, director - Wireless, Nortel India says, “The deal entails building of an end-to-end access network and core network for CDMA to Verizon. The deal includes building of an IP Network and building of an optical backbone. All these products are available today.”

“There are different models of equipment and plans for an extensive India presence. The deal is for the carrier space and also includes the enterprise. The speed of the network is going to be 2Mbps upwards,” adds Rao

The ability for CDMA networks to provide significant performance enhancements through simple upgrades would be key advantage of the technology.

“This contract confirms Nortel’s leadership in supplying innovative CDMA mobile broadband technologies and driving advanced communication services,” says Lowe.

This agreement presents an opportunity for Verizon Wireless and Nortel to develop and deploy next-generation IMS-based applications and services.

In addition, Nortel, Verizon Wireless and industry suppliers will work together to enhance industry standards and define an IMS architecture that lays a foundation for efficient roll-out of advanced services. Nortel has been a key supplier to Verizon Wireless’ nationwide network for more than a decade. Nortel adds that it has been a leader in CDMA since 1995 and launched more CDMA networks than any other vendor, says the CDMA Development Group.