nTelos Wireless to launch 4G LTE services using Alcatel-Lucent technology in select markets in Virginia and West Virginia during 2013

Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:15am EDT

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WAYNESBORO, Va.  and  PARIS,  March 27, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- NTELOS Holdings
Corp. (NASDAQ: NTLS), a  Virginia-based regional mobile operator in  the United
States, and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced plans
to provide improved wireless data speeds and quality of service across portions
of the nTelos Wireless network.   

nTelos Wireless - which operates in the states of  Virginia,  West Virginia, 
Maryland,  Ohio,  Kentucky, and  North Carolina  - plans to launch the
Alcatel-Lucent-enabled  4G LTE  services before the end of 2013 in select

Key Facts:

* 4G/LTE will enable faster download speeds, streaming video, and support a host
of other wireless high-speed revenue-generating applications.  
* nTelos Wireless is deploying Alcatel-Lucent's  4G LTE solutions, including
multi-technology base stations equipped with Remote Radio Head (RRH) technology,
and much of Alcatel-Lucent's Evolved Packet Core infrastructure. Close to 200
existing CDMA 3G-1X base stations will be replaced with Alcatel-Lucent's CDMA 3G
and EVDO Rev A base stations to provide high speed wireless data services in
areas where it is not available today.  
* Alcatel-Lucent is providing nTelos Wireless with a comprehensive set of 
professional services  including engineering, installation, integration, and
project management for both network upgrades. nTelos Wireless will also use our
Remote Integration and Test Center (RITC) to speed time to market by delivering
rapid LTE integration services.


Bobby McAvoy, Senior Vice President, Wireless Engineering and Operations for
nTelos  said: "Our customers expect both world class service as well as
market-leading value.  By enabling the launch of 4G LTE service in select
markets while upgrading the 3G CDMA experience for all of our customers,
Alcatel-Lucent will allow us to fulfill those expectations both now and into the

Charles Marsh, Vice President of North  America Sales, Alcatel-Lucent  said:
"nTelos Wireless has established an enviable position as an industry leader in
an extremely competitive market by delivering the level of service customers
want at a reasonable price. Our solutions and considerable global deployment
experience, backed by  Bell Labs  technology and innovations, will help nTelos
deliver on its commitment on both its 4G LTE and 3G CDMA networks."

Additional Information:

* LTE Now Video:  bit.ly/VUtAYI


NTELOS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NTLS), operating through its subsidiaries as
"nTelos Wireless," is headquartered in  Waynesboro, VA, and provides high-speed,
dependable nationwide voice and data coverage for over 430,000 retail
subscribers based in  Virginia,  West Virginia  and portions of  Maryland, 
North Carolina,  Pennsylvania,  Ohio  and  Kentucky. The Company's licensed
territories have a total population of approximately 8.1 million residents, of
which its wireless network covers approximately 6.0 million residents. The
Company is also the exclusive wholesale provider of wireless digital PCS
services to Sprint Nextel in the Company's western  Virginia  and  West Virginia
 service area for all Sprint CDMA wireless customers. Additional information
about the Company is available at  www.ntelos.com  or 
www.facebook.com/nteloswireless  and  www.twitter.com/ntelos_wireless.


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 innovations are regularly recognized by international
institutions for their positive impact on society. In 2012 and for the second
year running, Alcatel-Lucent was named one of the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global
Innovators, recognition for the company's continued addition to its world-class
patent portfolio, one of the largest in the telecom industry. Alcatel-Lucent has
also been recognized for its sustainability performance. In 2012 the company was
ranked Technology Supersector Leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Through its innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more
sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission of
Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.

With operations throughout the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with
global reach. The Company achieved revenues of  Euro 14.4 billion  in 2012 and
is incorporated in  France  and headquartered in  Paris.  

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on:  http://www.alcatel-lucent.com,
read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog 
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/blog  and follow the Company on Twitter: 

SOURCE  Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent Press Contacts, Simon Poulter, simon.poulter@alcatel-lucent.com,
+33 (0)1 40 76 50 84, Denise Panyik-Dale, denise.panyik-dale@alcatel-lucent.com,
+1-908-582-4897, Alcatel-Lucent Investor Relations, Frank Maccary,
frank.maccary@alcatel-lucent.com, + 33 (0)1 40 76 12 11, Tom Bevilacqua,
thomas.bevilacqua@alcatel-lucent.com, +1-908-582-7998, Coralie Spaeter,
coralie.spaeter@alcatel-lucent.com, +33 (0)1 40 76 49 08; nTelos Press Contacts,
Mike Minnis, +1-540-946-7290, minnism@ntelos.com

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