Nortel and Sierra Wireless announced Friday (March 24) they have achieved the industry's first over-the-air test calls using EV-DO Revision A wireless technology and pre-commercial wireless data devices. The successful tests confirm the commercial viability of EV-DO Revision A for powering next-generation broadband wireless services.
"The ability for operators to deliver new, revenue-generating services with increased network intelligence enabled by EV-DO Revision A will provide a powerful competitive advantage," said Doug Wolff, vice president and general manager, CDMA, Nortel (Toronto), in a statement. "The successful tests are the latest step in Nortel's aggressive EV-DO strategy to deliver cost-effective, high-bandwidth capabilities for wireless operations."
"Joint interoperability testing, particularly with new network technologies like EV-DO Revision A, enables wireless operators to assess the quality and reliability of new technologies," said Jim Kirkpatrick, chief technology officer for Sierra Wireless.
The companies completed over the air tests using Sierra Wireless AirCard 595 wide area wireless network cards, Sierra Wireless MC5725 PCI Express Mini Card embedded modules, and EV-DO Revision A equipment from Nortel.