Verizon Wireless and Lucent Technologies to launch super-fast 3G mobile data network in Washington, D.C.
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network to provide businesses and consumers with mobile data services at speeds rivaling the fastest wireline connections
Verizon Wireless and Lucent Technologies today announced plans to launch a super-fast mobile data network in Washington, D.C. that will provide businesses and consumers with data services at speeds of up to 2.4 Megabits per second (Mbps) - comparable to the fastest wireline connections. As part of the Verizon Wireless Express Network, this third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network will be available to customers in the Washington, D.C. area this summer.
The planned launch of this network follows a successful trial of 1xEV-DO technology completed by the two companies in November 2002 that revealed businesses and consumers in the D.C. area can expect average data speeds of 300-800 kilobits per second using the 1xEV-DO network supplied by Lucent. This enables Verizon Wireless to provide businesses with secure access to corporate applications stored behind corporate firewalls, and consumers with high-speed Internet access from any location.
"We are pleased to be working with Lucent to offer enterprise customers in D.C. access to wireless data at speeds comparable to most landline connections," said Dick Lynch, executive vice president and chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless. "1xEV-DO provides ideal speeds for a host of applications including remote access to corporate VPNs, intranets, email and large file transfers."
Verizon Wireless customers will be able to access the high-speed network by equipping their laptop PCs and personal digital assistants (PDAs) with 1xEV-DO wireless modem cards. By providing secure mobile Internet Protocol (IP) virtual private network (VPN) connections on this high-speed data network, business customers can access the Verizon Wireless network as an extension of their corporate local area network (LAN) or intranet, allowing them to work from any location with the same level of speed and security they experience in the office. The 1xEV-DO network can be accessed wherever a cell phone can be used including airports and customer locations.
"The extremely positive feedback we received from businesses and government agencies participating in the market trial revealed that there is a significant demand for high-quality, high-speed mobile data services," said Jim Brewington, president of Lucent's Mobility Solutions Group. "The 1xEV-DO market trial whetted the appetite of businesses in the D.C. area for mobile 3G high-speed data, and many of them are eager to sign up for the service now."
To deploy the commercial 1xEV-DO network in Verizon Wireless' 1900 MHz/PCS spectrum, Lucent will upgrade additional Flexent(R) CDMA base stations with channel cards and software and provide Flexent(R) Modular Cell 4.0 base stations to further expand the network's footprint. Lucent also is providing its Flexent(R) Mobility Server to provide an open IP interface to the data network. Lucent Worldwide Services will provide installation and integration services.