Alaska Getting High Speed CDMA Network

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Alaska Communications Systems says that it plans to launch Alaska's first commercially available 3G wireless data network. The CDMA2000 1xEV DO network will be powered by Nortel Networks CDMA core and access technology giving ACS wireless subscribers an experience of high speed broadband access.

"We are thrilled to be on the forefront with this next generation wireless technology for voice and data," said Sheldon Fisher, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Alaska Communications Systems Group. "By combining the CDMA technology in to our existing asset mix of voice, Internet, entertainment and long distance, we are well positioned to play the leading role in the converged world of wireline and wireless services."

Nortel Networks is providing ACS with a complete solution - including radio, switching and core infrastructure equipment - for what is expected to be Alaska's first network to use the CDMA2000 1xEV-DO wireless standard. 1xEV-DO coverage will include Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau and other communities throughout Alaska. Anticipated commercial launch is May 2004.

"Nortel Networks congratulates ACS for its leadership in delivering CDMA 1xEV-DO technology across the state of Alaska," said Steve Searles, vice president, CDMA/TDMA marketing, Nortel Networks. "Because Nortel Networks continues to innovate, 1xEV-DO is gaining momentum and is proving to be a viable solution for operators of varying sizes in regions throughout the world."

In addition to the DO launch with ACS, Nortel Networks is deploying CDMA2000 1X technologies with leading customers around the world, including BellSouth, SMARTCOM PCS, SERCOM (Telgua), and Vesper (Brazil) in Latin America; Asia Pacific Broadband Wireless in Taiwan; and PT Wireless Indonesia."

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