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Lucent Helps Build Russia Network

Landing its second recent contract in Russia, Lucent Technologies will supply telecommunications equipment to Moscow Cellular Communications (MCC) as the carrier builds out its mobile network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Murray Hill, N.J.-based Lucent recently completed deployment in St. Petersburg. The latest order include base stations, multiservice media gateways and optical products to transport voice and data traffic.

The equipment for this network expansion will be delivered by Verysell Telecom of Verysell group, a Lucent business partner.

"With this advanced network, MCC can satisfy the growing needs of its subscribers, who demand high-quality, multiservice telecommunications," said Dmitry Kamensky, general director of Lucent Technologies in Russia.

MCC was founded in 1992 and was the first cellular operator in Moscow region. The carrier is in the midst of a network upgrade to third-generation digital technologies.

Lucent reported disappointing results from its mobile group in the last quarter. But since then has reported strong deals in the sector.

The largest came late last month when it tallied a $1 billion contract to supply advanced networking equipment to Sprint over several years.

The gear -- which includes base stations, switches and software -- will improve Sprint's third-generation (define) network that covers major U.S. markets. Installation, integration and remote technical support will come from Lucent Worldwide Services, the firm's consulting arm.