Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] and Qualcomm Incorporated [NASDAQ: QCOM] have completed the industry’s first end-to-end calls using WCDMA’s emerging broadband technology – High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) – on a commercial network and handset equipment. The calls demonstrate the capability to commercially deliver a new era of ‘supercharged’ mobile services.
“Qualcomm is committed to helping the WCDMA community extend the utilization of wireless for data communications purposes,” said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “This practical demonstration is a big step forward towards the realization of commercial HSDPA networks and an important validation of the enhanced performance HSDPA will bring to carriers.”
The calls were completed using commercial network equipment from Nortel and the industry’s first available handset solution, which is enabled by Qualcomm’s Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) MSM6275™ chipset. Calls were made over a live air connection to a moving automobile to demonstrate the stability of the connection in a real-world environment.
Mobile broadband services simulated include high-resolution interactive gaming, multimedia music tracks, DVD-quality film and video, ‘push-to-watch’ services and access to large e-mail attachments – at speeds more than three times faster than today’s commercial next generation networks. For example, a five-megabyte music file was downloaded in less than 30 seconds, and an e-mail with a three-megabyte attachment was downloaded in 20 seconds, which is comparable to DSL or ADSL speeds.
“Nortel is a leading innovator in bringing the newer and faster technologies to market that will ignite global commerce and drive the industry forward for the next five, 10, even 15 years,” said Peter MacKinnon, president, GSM/UMTS, Nortel. “Working with leaders like Qualcomm, we are laying the groundwork now to deliver even faster technologies that will enhance the end user experience and create new business models for the industry.”
HSDPA is a migration technology for the UMTS wireless standard used by leading wireless operators across Europe, Japan and North America to deliver voice and data services. HSDPA boosts network capacity to carry up to three times as much data traffic and up to twice as many wireless users per cell site compared to today’s UMTS networks. By making more efficient use of the existing network and boosting throughput, HSDPA significantly reduces operating costs while delivering a better end-user experience.
Qualcomm’s MSM6275 chipset solution for WCDMA (UMTS)/HSDPA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE (EGPRS) provides increased processing power and graphics performance at low power consumption to enable the highest quality audiovisual and gaming graphics on cost-effective, multiband, multimode handsets with smaller form factors.
The broadband calls were completed using Nortel’s commercially-available UMTS Base Transceiver stations. This equipment is designed to be HSDPA-ready and to cost-effectively upgrade to support HSDPA through a simple software installation.
Nortel recently announced plans with mmO2 for a Pan-European HSDPA network deployment, and is working with a number of other leading global operators on HSDPA trials and deployments in 2005.
Nortel Networks has designed, installed and launched more than 300 wireless networks in over 50 countries. Nortel Networks was the industry’s first supplier with wireless networks operating in all advanced radio technologies, and is the only end-to-end provider of all next generation wireless solutions.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company’s CDMA digital technology. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2004 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
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