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Telecom & AAPT Name Lucent Technologies Supplier

Telecom And AAPT Name Lucent Technologies For Cdma Mobile Networks

Wellington, New Zealand – Telecom New Zealand named communications networking company Lucent Technologies to build a mobile phone network based on the code division multiple access (CDMA) standard. AAPT is also announcing today it has selected Lucent as its CDMA supplier.

“Telecom and AAPT selected Lucent as a result of independent evaluations, but there are big synergies and obvious customer benefits with both companies choosing the same vendor,” Telecom Chief Executive Theresa Gattung said today.

“Lucent CDMA technology uses open standards so it can best integrate voice, data and mobile technologies. This is critical to providing customers with innovation and choice.

“The flexibility of its technology will ensure a very comprehensive choice of phones, and Lucent will provide Telecom the same coverage as Telecom’s existing analogue network. In addition data rates of up to 144kbps (which can be used for high speed Internet access) will be available at or shortly after launch, with significantly faster data rates being rolled out in the future.

“By using the same network supplier Telecom and AAPT have each been able to drive financial savings of tens of millions of dollars. Both Telecom and AAPT are getting a great deal more bang for their buck.”

Ms Gattung said the Telecom and AAPT teams will be collaborating on the development of the project and the use of resources.

“One major but simple example of the benefits of using the same network supplier is that Telecom and AAPT can each provide seamless roaming for customers travelling between Australia and New Zealand.”

Also known as cdmaOneTM, the wireless standard is compatible with third-generation (3G) wireless networks, which will enable high-speed data and multimedia communications necessary for successful e-commerce.

Investing in these networks now will allow Telecom and AAPT to quickly and cheaply upgrade to much higher data speeds as they become available.

Telecom announced in August that it would invest in the approximately NZ$200 million ($US100 million) cellular technology network for commercial launch in 2001. AAPT will be spending a total of $AUS450-500million on its network.

“Virtually all cellular technology paths lead to CDMA,” said Ms Gattung.

“CDMA technology is the choice of a large number of telecommunication companies in other countries such as Australia, the United States, Canada, China and Japan. Telecom and AAPT looked internationally for the company who could make CDMA a reality for New Zealand and chose Lucent Technologies,” said Ms Gattung.

“This significant contract reaffirms Lucent’s CDMA leadership in the hotly contested market of the Asia Pacific region,” said Mr Phil Pryke, Managing Director of Lucent Technologies Australia and New Zealand. “We are pleased that each of Telecom and AAPT has selected us among formidable competitors, and look forward to bring the benefits of advanced CDMA digital service, including clear wireless voice services and an ever-evolving and robust data and multimedia platform. The wireless Internet will be enabled by this new network.”

Lucent Technologies has some 160 CDMA networks either in commercial service or under deployment for more than 40 network operators around the world. More than 22,000 Lucent CDMA base stations that are on the air handle on average 160 million calls daily.

“Telecom’s existing digital AMPS and analogue AMPS networks will continue to operate and it is our intention that those networks will remain operational for at least five years,” Ms Gattung said. “Customers can be migrated onto the cdmaOne network when it is convenient to them.”

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