Lucent Technologies And Novatel Wireless To Supply Telefonica Moviles Espana With 3G UMTS High Speed Data Cards
February 23, 2004
CANNES, FRANCE - Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) and Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVTL) today announced that Telefonica Moviles Espana (TME) is offering the Merlin U530 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) Wireless PC Card Modem -- jointly developed by Lucent and Novatel Wireless - to customers on its third-generation (3G) UMTS network in Spain. These cards will enable TME 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 productivity-enhancing applications geared toward enterprise customers -- at speeds of up to 384 kilobits per second.
The two companies are supplying TME with the Merlin U530 cards, system software and services to support its commercial 3G service rollout, which began last week. The Merlin U530 -- plugged into a laptop PC -- will provide users with mobile connections to TME's UMTS network.
The maintenance and installation services for the commercial deployment were carried out by Lucent Worldwide Services, the consultancy and services arm of Lucent Technologies.
"We are delighted to be working alongside TME as they develop their 3G service offerings, and introduce innovative new business and consumer services to the Spanish market," said David Poticny, president, Lucent Technologies Europe. "Our research demonstrates that there is a strong demand for high-speed mobile data services among enterprise customers and this is confirmed by TME's successful introduction of commercial 3G services for the business market."
"We look forward to working with Telefonica Moviles Espana and Lucent on this deployment, and appreciate this opportunity to demonstrate the advantages that 3G UMTS has to offer consumers and businesses," said Peter Leparulo, CEO of Novatel Wireless. "This represents another key milestone in our efforts to promote the rapid adoption of mobile high-speed data solutions and further expands our market penetration in Asia-Pacific and European regions."
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 (Stand A16, Hall 1) and hospitality suite (Level 6) at the 3GSM World Congress 2004, taking place from Feb. 23 - 26 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.
ABOUT LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES
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 www.lucent.com.
ABOUT NOVATEL WIRELESS, INC.
Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a global leader in the design and development of wireless modems, software and custom engineering for use in mobile computing devices. 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.
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