Subscribers in Oklahoma’s east and southeast areas will be able to access a variety of broadband business and consumer applications like mobile video calling at superfast 4G LTE speeds
Warner, Okla. and Paris, March 29, 2012 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), is helping Cross Wireless, doing business under the Sprocket Wireless brand, to bring superfast mobile broadband services to its customers in parts of eastern and southeastern Oklahoma in the United States. This network, based on 4G LTE, will dramatically expand mobile broadband access options throughout the region.
Mass adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets has led to increased demand for access to Internet services while on the move. LTE provides the high-speeds and capacity required for the delivery of uninterrupted access to services, especially streamed content such as movies, video calls, and gaming. Under this agreement, Alcatel-Lucent and Sprocket Wireless will enable delivery of these services and more to residents in the state of Oklahoma’s Muskogee, Pittsburg, Choctaw, McCurtain, and McIntosh counties during the first half of 2012.
V David Miller II, President of Sprocket Wireless said: “By working with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a 4G LTE network in our service area in rural Oklahoma, we are able to meet the fast-growing demand for mobile broadband services. These services will help to increase the efficiency of businesses in the region, and support a range of consumer services that have never been seen before in these areas.”
Robert Vrij, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Americas region said: “We look forward to working hand-in-hand with Sprocket Wireless to bring better, faster broadband services to the people of Oklahoma. Alcatel-Lucent is continuously delivering new innovations to make wireless networks more powerful, efficient and affordable. Our LTE technology is the first step in this transition, laying the groundwork for an evolution to our ground-breaking lightRadio™ architecture, which is designed to dramatically increase the available bandwidth on wireless networks while driving down operating costs and power consumption substantially.”
About Alcatel-Lucent and 4G LTE
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About Sprocket Wireless
Headquartered in Warner, Oklahoma, Sprocket Wireless is the trade name for Cross Wireless. Cross Wireless is operated by Cross Telephone. Cross Telephone has been operating in Oklahoma for over 99 years. Cross has specialized in the provisioning of local telephone service to eleven exchanges including the Lake Eufaula and Lake Tenkiller areas. Today, Cross Telephone provides a wide variety of telecommunication services to over 10,000 access lines in several Oklahoma counties. Through its subsidiary Cross Wireless, and Cross Valliant Cellular (*CV Cellular) Cross has been serving the wireless needs of eastern and southeastern Oklahoma for 19 years.
*CV Cellular is a partnership between Cross Wireless and Valliant Telephone Company located in Valliant, Oklahoma.
About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost research centers, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent was named one of MIT Technology Review's 2012 Top 50 list of the "World's Most Innovative Companies" for breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks while delivering lightning fast Internet access. Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission - Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.
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