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Nortel, Option demo HSDPA at 3.6 Mbps

Posted by iNext - 2005-12-24

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Belgium-based wireless technology company Option and Toronto-based Nortel Networks Corp. have completed demonstrating High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) data card calls reaching wireless transmission rates of 3.6 megabits per second, faster than current broadband connections.

The test were carried out on commercial HSDPA network equipment at Nortel's research campus in Chateaufort, France.

The series of calls are reportedly the first data card calls to demonstrate downlink speed of 3.6 Mbps, at HSDPA category 6 using 16 QAM modulation. A laptop fitted with an Option 3.6 HSDPA data card based on Qualcomm core MSM 6280 technology and commercial HSDPA network equipment from Nortel were used to achieve the download speeds.

"Nortel is committed to the thorough testing and demonstration of viable HSDPA end-user equipment with vendors such as Option to help provide a faster time to market of high speed broadband wireless services," said Jean-Luc Jezouin, vice-president, GSM/UMTS products, Nortel, in a statement.

In September, Option announced its HSDPA-Ready concept, which means that whenever the network operator decides to launch HSDPA services in its territory, a simple firmware upgrade, available via the operator's website, is sufficient to release the power of HSDPA on the data card. The company is shipping its GlobeTrotter 3G/EDGE and the GlobeTrotter Fusion+ in volumes to network operators.

Nortel has worked with a number of wireless operators on HSDPA trials and deployments in 2005, including Edge wireless in the U.S., SKT and KTF in Korea, Softbank Group's BB Mobile in Japan, mmO2, Orange, Vodafone, and Mobilkom Austria.

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