Fixed Wireless Arrives in Uzbekistan

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Lucent Technologies says that Uzbek Telecom the national telecommunications service provider of Uzbekistan has selected Lucent and Marubeni Corporation a Japanese trading house to deploy a wireless network to provide voice and high speed data services throughout the Western part of the Uzbek Republic. The agreement the first customer contract in Uzbekistan for Lucent was established through the Communications and Information Agency of Uzbekistan (CIAUz).

Under a subcontracting agreement with Marubeni, Lucent will supply Uzbekistan with equipment and services to deploy and maintain a wireless local loop (WLL) network based on Lucent's CDMA2000 1X (IMT-MC) solution for the 450 MHz spectrum band, known as CDMA450. The network will provide access to high-quality voice and high-speed data services at speeds of up to 153 kilobits per second to subscribers that, in many cases, lack basic communications services. Wireless technology from Lucent will be used by CIAUz to help overcome the digital divide between urban and rural areas in Uzbekistan.

"We are proud to launch this project, which will enable us to roll out a next-generation communication network that will offer advanced services throughout the region of Western Uzbekistan, in many cases for the first time," said Agzam Fakhriddinovich Izbosarov, Project Director and Deputy General Director of CIAUz. "We believe that Marubeni's expertise as contractor and Lucent's innovative solutions and services will ensure the success of the project."

Under the agreement, Lucent will deploy its Flexent Modular Cell CDMA2000 base stations to provide coverage in the Karakalpakstan, Khorezm, Navoi and Bukhara areas. Lucent will also supply its 5ESS based Wireless Switching Center, which will be located in Bukhara and will support wireless subscribers and provide interconnection to UzbekTelecom's PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network). Lucent Worldwide Services will provide installation and engineering services for the deployment.

"The Lucent solution will not only satisfy a need for voice services in the Western regions of Uzbekistan, but also will provide Internet access and high-speed data capabilities to the population in distant locations," said Cindy Christy, president of Lucent Technologies' Mobility Solutions Group. "This project will supply schools, hospitals, businesses and local authorities in many parts of the country with world class telecommunications services."

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