US WEST Wednesday launched a new
advanced wireless network designed to deliver Internet-based wireless
services to millions more U.S. customers.
The mini-tower technology was developed in partnership with Alcatel (ALA),
Nortel Networks (NT),
and Tekelec Inc. (TKLC).
It features an open-network architecture that enables U S WEST to quickly
deploy advanced Web-based wireless services.
Peter Mannetti, U S WEST Wireless president, said the new wireless network
is not only environmentally friendly, it also uses traditional Internet
“In addition to making the cell sites more environmentally friendly, we
taught the network to speak the language of the Internet.” Mannetti said.
“Before we developed this new architecture, our network spoke the language
of the wireless PCS telephone. Now it speaks the language of the Internet,
TCP/IP,” Mannetti added. “With this breakthrough, it will be easier for us
to deliver new, data-driven features to our customers.”
Solomon D. Trujillo, US WEST (USW)
chairman, president and CEO, said the new technology would first be made
available in Salt Lake City.
“This breakthrough wireless technology will help put the power, and now
mobility of the Internet in the palms of consumers’ hands,” Trujillo said.
“It’s fitting we’re launching this in Salt Lake City, where in 2002
athletes will be swifter, higher and stronger. This new service lets
consumers do the same.”
U S WEST’s Salt Lake City wireless network was built entirely with the new
open-network architecture and PICOcells. The company plans to deploy the
network technology in 22 new markets primarily in US WEST’s northern
service area. Further deployment is scheduled for 24 existing US WEST
wireless markets including Denver, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix and
Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan areas.
Along with the launch of its new wireless network technology, U S WEST is
providing its initial set of Web-based wireless information services.
Customers may select up to six different categories of information services
including sports scores, stock market results, weather and news bulletins.