Verizon Wireless Inks $1 Billion Deal With Nortel To Expand Network

Verizon Wireless plans to use Nortel's CDMA radio base station equipment, mobile switches, Passport IP platforms and infrastructure to support its CDMA2000 1X network in Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and Cleveland, as well as a new location in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The technology will support the delivery of Verizon's Web browsing, streaming audio and video, multimedia messaging, VPNs and other high-speed wireless data services for both the business and consumer markets, according to Verizon. In addition, Nortel technology will also support Verizon Wireless' plans to offer Wi-Fi services by connecting the carrier's WAN and hot spots nationwide.

The pact expands on an existing relationship between the two companies. Nortel provided the CDMA2000 1X infrastructure for Verizon in Alabama and Georgia, as well as CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology in San Diego.

CDMA 2000 1xEV-DO promises to provide secure data transmission speeds of up to 2.4 Mbps, giving mobile workers access to corporate LANs and intranets remotely with performance comparable to wired desktop network connections, according to Verizon.

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CDMA is a method for transmitting simultaneous signals over a shared portion of the spectrum, while CDMA2000 is a 3G wireless technology that offers twice the voice capacity and data speed--up to 307 Kbps--on a single 1.25MHz (1X) carrier in new or existing spectrum. The next evolution, CDMA2000 1xEV provides higher speeds on a single 1.25MHz channel. CDMA2000 1xEV-DO (Data Only) delivers data on a separate channel at rates up to 2.4 Mbps.