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Lucent Ups Investment Ante In Chinese 3G

Lucent Technologies has increased its profile in China's high-tech community by pumping in an additional $70 million for its 3G Mobility Research and Development Center in Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu province. The investment will support the expansion of ongoing R&D activities at the center.

The influx of capital follows a recent agreement between Lucent and the Information Industry Department of Jiangsu Province this summer. The 3G Mobility R&D Center, which opened in September 2003, focuses on projects supporting the development of 3G spread-spectrum mobile networking technologies including CDMA2000 and Wideband-CDMA (also known as Universal Mobile Telecommunications System or UMTS).

Company officials say that Lucent has deployed 3G CDMA2000, CDMA450, and W-CDMA/UMTS networks to 30 mobile operators in North and South America, Asia, Europe and in the Australia/New Zealand region. Lucent has deployed more than 90,000 spread-spectrum base stations for mobile operators. Approximately 50,000 support 3G services.