Lucent bags billion-dollar Sprint

Sprint Corp. is buying US$1 billion worth of wireless network gear from Lucent Technologies Inc., the companies announced Tuesday.

The multiyear deal includes Lucent Flexent code division multiple access (CDMA) Modular Cell 4.0 base stations, switching gear, software and Lucent professional services.

Lucent will install the new equipment and software for Sprint and integrate it with the carrier’s existing personal communications services (PCS) network.

According to the companies, the new gear is being used to increase Sprint PCS’ geographic coverage and network capacity in the U.S. Sprint PCS also says that the upgrade will lead to “more advanced services based on CDMA2000 and 1xEV-DV,” third-generation standards.

The deal extends an existing equipment supply arrangement between Lucent and Sprint PCS.