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Clearnet Installs 3G-ready Lucent Wireless Infrastructure

[Scarborough, CANADA] To prepare its network for new services such as high-speed wireless Internet access and multimedia communications, Clearnet Communications Inc. has started deployment of Lucent Technologies wireless equipment adhering to the new third generation (3G) CDMA2000 international standard.

Clearnet will use Lucent's new wireless base station as its main vehicle for expanding voice services and to enhance upcoming wireless Internet services with data transmission rates faster than those available with dial-up service.

"In coming months, Clearnet clients will be offered a suite of services that will allow them to easily customize interactive Internet information services, including personalized news, sports, banking and other financial information, and send and receive Internet information and e-mail directly to and from their phones," said George Cope, Clearnet's president and chief executive officer.

With higher data rates, new features such as travel information and reservations, real time airline flight status reports, online shopping and e-commerce will be possible, according to Cope.

The Lucent base station, the Flexent CDMA Modular Cell provides increased mobile data transmission rates of up to 144 kbps for 3G1x or 1xRTT, as specified for 3G wireless networks under the IMT-2000 blueprint of the International Telecommunication Union.

Eros Spadotto, Clearnet's executive vice president and chief technology officer said "This base station product will allow us to respond to changing market needs and to unleash the power of the Internet with high-speed data services over convenient digital wireless connections."