Nortel has landed a three-year contract worth $135 million to provide Cricket Communications with wireless networking gear.

Cricket, a subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, recently began offering service across the Triangle. It also is available in other North Carolina markets.

Leap is based in California/

Cricekt will use Nortel gear for delivery of high-speed data services as well as voice calls.

"Cricket is steadily expanding into new markets extending our unlimited services with no long-term commitment wireless plans to more and more subscribers," said Glenn Umetsu, executive vice president of engineering and technical operations for Leap Wireless. "With Nortel’s support we’ve recently launched markets in New York and North Carolina.”

Cricket will use Nortel gear than enables data bursts up to 3.1 megabits person and to send data at up to 1.8 mbps, speeds that are similar to that provided by land-based digital subscriber line services.