nTelos Selects Alcatel-Lucent to Upgrade Network for Wireless Broadband Services



    Deployment includes CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A technology and IP routers
    for backhaul

    WAYNESBORO, VA, and MURRAY HILL, NJ, Aug. 3 /CNW/ - NTELOS Holdings Corp.
(Nasdaq:   NTLS), a Virginia-based integrated telecommunications provider
serving customers in the mid-Atlantic region, and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext
Paris and NYSE:   ALU) today announced that NTELOS Inc. has selected
Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade the nTelos wireless network. The three- year
agreement with nTelos is worth up to $88.2 million in equipment, services and
software.
    The network upgrade includes the deployment of third-generation (3G)
CDMA2000(R) 1xEV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) technology in nTelos markets in
Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and North Carolina.
    The CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A platform will enable nTelos to provide an
enhanced mobile data customer experience.  nTelos customers will experience
faster uploads and downloads when connecting to the internet, and new mobile
high-speed data services including mobile video telephony, high-quality music
and other multimedia applications.  Alcatel-Lucent will become the exclusive
provider of new CDMA technology throughout the nTelos service area.
    "We have decided to upgrade our networks using Alcatel-Lucent CDMA
technology based on their proven ability to deliver a 3G solution that will
transform our network to a next-generation system, bringing the benefits of
new, advanced services to our customers and improving our operations," said
Bobby McAvoy, vice president of Wireless Engineering and Operations at nTelos.
    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.  Alcatel-Lucent will provide installation, engineering, training
and technical support.
    "Providing our EV-DO technology throughout nTelos' wireless service area
expands our existing relationship and reinforces our commitment to all
wireless service providers who put their faith in Alcatel-Lucent's network,
services, and business transformation capabilities," said Cindy Christy,
president of Alcatel-Lucent's North America business.
    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.
    CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of the Telecommunications Industry
Association.

    About nTelos

    An integrated communications provider headquartered in Waynesboro,
Virginia, nTelos provides products and services to customers in Virginia, West
Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and North Carolina, including wireless
phone service, high-speed DSL (high-speed Internet access) and local and long-
distance telephone services. Detailed information about nTelos is available at
http://www.ntelos.com.

    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.





For further information:

For further information: Media, Mike Minnis, +1-540-946-7290, or
minnism@ntelos.com; Investors, Wesley B. Wampler, +1-540-949-3447, or
wamplerwes@ntelos.com, both of nTelos Inc.; or Media, Denise Panyik-Dale,
+1-908-582-4897, or malva@alcatel-lucent.com, or Regine Coqueran,
+33-0-1-40-76-49-24, or regine.coqueran@alcatel-lucent.com, both of
Alcatel-Lucent; or Investors, Pascal Bantegnie, +33-0-1-40-76-52-20, or
pascal.bantegnie@alcatel-lucent.com; or Maria Alcon, +33-0-1-40-76-15-17, or
maria.alcon@alcatel-lucent.com; or John DeBono, +1-908-582-7793, or
debono@alcatel-lucent.com, all of Alcatel-Lucent; Web Site:
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, http://www.ntelos.com

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