Cricket Communications, Inc. Selects Alcatel-Lucent for up to $126 Million in New Market and Network Expansion Project in U.S.



    
    Expansion will use Cricket's new Advanced Wireless Services spectrum and
    includes deployment of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A technology
    

    Murray Hill, N.J., June 28 /CNW/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and
NYSE:   ALU) today announced that Cricket Communications, Inc., a wholly owned
subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (Nasdaq:   LEAP), has selected
Alcatel-Lucent to help expand its network into new markets across the United
States, using Cricket's new Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum, and
upgrade existing markets.  Under the terms of the five-year agreement Cricket
has committed to purchase up to $126 million USD worth of equipment, services
and software.
    Under terms of the agreement, the new market expansion includes the
deployment of third-generation (3G) CDMA2000(R) 1xEV-DO Revision A (Rev. A)
technology.  The CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A network will enable Cricket  to
provide its customers with new mobile high-speed data services such as Voice
over IP (VoIP), Internet access, mobile video telephony, high-quality music
and other multimedia applications.
    "We are very excited to further expand our Cricket wireless services
across many more markets," said Glenn Umetsu, executive vice-president,
engineering and technical operations at Leap. "Alcatel-Lucent has been and
remains an integral part of our network as we continue to build out and expand
our business.  Alcatel-Lucent's solutions are in sync with our business
objective of providing our customers with high-quality, high-value mobile
services while maintaining our low-cost leadership."
    Alcatel-Lucent also will provide its CDMA2000 1X equipment as part of
this deal so that Cricket can continue to provide circuit-switched mobile
voice services.  Alcatel-Lucent services will provide installation,
engineering, training and technical support.
    In addition, Alcatel-Lucent will provide its industry leading IP/MPLS
solution, which includes the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router and 7450
Ethernet Service Switch, to deploy an IP routing and IP RAN backhaul solution.
Built on a single unified IP infrastructure, Alcatel-Lucent's IP-based
solution is designed to support multiple types of services with superior
scale, hierarchical quality of service and availability, which are critical
for ensuring subscriber Quality of Experience (QoE) for multimedia
applications.
    "We are very excited to have the opportunity to continue our support of
Cricket as it expands and evolves its network even further across the United
States using its new AWS spectrum," said Cindy Christy, president of Alcatel-
Lucent's North America business.  "In addition, the deployment of CDMA2000
1xEV-DO Rev. A technology will enable Cricket to offer its customers exciting
new services."
    EV-DO Rev. A continues the evolution of CDMA2000 technology, bringing
increases in efficiency, data speeds and capacity to existing CDMA2000 1X and
1xEV-DO networks.  EV-DO Rev. A enables users to receive data (forward link)
at speeds up to 3.1 Megabits per second (Mbps) and send data (reverse link) at
speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps. These increased forward and reverse link data speeds
reduce data latency and will enable Leap to deliver multimedia services.

    CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of the Telecommunications Industry
Association.

    
    About Alcatel-Lucent
    
    Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE:   ALU) provides solutions that
enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver
voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in
fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies,
applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions
that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and
on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a
local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global
services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and
innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent
achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is
incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. (All figures
exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales). For more information,
visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com





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