MetroPCS Wireless and Alcatel-Lucent have extended their contract for another 3½  years to expand MetroPCS's offerings into new U.S. cities. The new markets include New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Los Angeles. Currently, MetroPCS offers wireless service in the Miami, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento metropolitan areas.

Under the terms of the contract extension, Alcatel-Lucent will continue to provide MetroPCS with a range of base stations in new and existing markets, including high-capacity macro base stations, medium-capacity sub-compact base stations and low-power base stations for in-building applications. Alcatel-Lucent also will provide maintenance and professional services, including network optimization, design and engineering.

"Alcatel-Lucent has been a valued and trusted partner in the evolution of our network since the launch of our initial markets," said MetroPCS' Chairman of the Board and CEO Roger Linquist, in a statement. "We look forward to continuing that relationship and for Alcatel-Lucent to provide us with the technology and solutions we need to further evolve and grow our network."

MetroPCS also has announced plans to deploy Alcatel-Lucent's AnyPath Messaging System, integrating existing call and voice messaging capabilities with an array of next-generation, media-rich applications, including: advanced multimedia, mobile data, unified communications, video mail, speech-enabled and real-time voice portal applications. MetroPCS plans to leverage the Alcatel-Lucent Market Advantage Program (MAP). MAP is a global program designed to help Alcatel-Lucent's customers and business partners identify market opportunities, develop marketing plans and speed profitable service launches.