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Lucent Technologies And Novatel Wireless To Supply T-Mobile Germany With UMTS PC Card Modems To Support Mobile High-Speed Data Services

  • Using Merlin U530 enables T-Mobile to provide corporate intranet access to customers in Austria, Germany and UK
  • Wireless PC Card Modem developed by Lucent and Novatel Wireless
CeBIT 2004, 18 - 24 March
Hall 27, B38

HANNOVER, Germany - Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) and Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVTL) today announced that they will supply T-Mobile Germany with Merlin U530 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) PC card modems -- jointly developed by Lucent and Novatel Wireless -- for the operator's third-generation (3G) UMTS network in Austria, Germany and UK. Under the terms of a multi-million dollar supply agreement, Lucent and Novatel Wireless will supply the Merlin U530 PC Card Modems to support the commercial rollout of high speed data services on T-Mobile's 3G UMTS network.

The Merlin U530 PC Card Modem will enable T-Mobile to offer their enterprise and consumer customers enhanced services such as high-quality streaming video and audio, secure mobile access to e-mail with large attachments and other information stored behind corporate firewalls at data transfer speeds of up to 384 kilobits per second. By plugging the PC cards into a laptop and installing the necessary client software, network users will be able to access T-Mobile's UMTS network.

"T-Mobile is a leader in the introduction of cutting edge wireless services in Europe," said David Poticny, president, Lucent Europe. "These services are particularly attractive to business users, and we are pleased to continue supporting T-Mobile as the company develops 3G high-speed data and multimedia services on its network."

"Adding T-Mobile, the largest wireless operator in Germany, to our growing list of UMTS customers further solidifies the key role our high-speed solutions play in building the broadband wireless market," said Peter Leparulo, chief executive officer for Novatel Wireless. "We are pleased to work with T-Mobile and Lucent to meet the growing demand in the European market for greater access to complex information while on the move."

The contract follows T-Mobile's recent evaluation of its joint UMTS pilot network in Nuremberg with Lucent. The trial has demonstrated the readiness of Lucent's UMTS offer and the benefits of the UMTS high-speed data solution for end users from T-Mobile's enterprise customers such as Datev and Sandata. Lucent's UMTS solution offered these customers benefits such as an average 11% increase per week in customer facing time, more effective out of office productivity and increased sales potential.

T-Mobile is demonstrating the Merlin U530 in Deutsche Telekom's stand at CeBIT 2004, Hall 26, Stand A01. Lucent and Novatel Wireless are demonstrating 3G UMTS services using the Merlin U530 cards and Lucent's end-to-end UMTS infrastructure in Lucent's stand at CeBIT 2004, Hall 27, Stand B38. Among the high-speed data applications shown will be e-mail, access to the Lucent intranet through a virtual private network (VPN), video-conferencing and roaming between UMTS and WLAN. Visitors will also be able to experience a "Smart Client" application, directing users to the UMTS network of choice - whether the most cost-efficient or the fastest network.


Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit


Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a provider of broadband wireless access solutions. Novatel Wireless' Merlin PC Cards, Expedite Embedded Modems, and Freedom Box Ruggedized Modems enable high-speed wireless access to personal, corporate and public information via portable computers, handheld devices and vertical market applications. The company delivers innovative 2.5G and 3G solutions to operators, distributors and vertical markets worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novatel Wireless is listed on Nasdaq: NVTL.

© 2004 Novatel Wireless. All rights reserved. The Novatel Wireless logo, Merlin, Merlin U530, Expedite and MobiLink are trademarks of Novatel Wireless, Inc. All other brands, products and company names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective holders.

This release may contain forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended to date. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements contained herein. These factors include risks relating to technological changes, continued acceptance of and market demand for Novatel Wireless' products, projections of future results and dependence on intellectual property rights. These factors, as well as other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, are discussed in more detail in Novatel Wireless' filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (available at and other regulatory agencies.

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