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Novatel Wireless Announces Its First 3G Wireless IP Devices

February 16, 2005


novatelIt will release a suite of HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE broadband wireless products in the second half of 2005.

Novatel Wireless, Inc (Nasdaq:NVTL) announced today the selection of QUALCOMM chipsets and system software for high speed broadband wireless data devices Novatel Wireless is developing for release later this year.

These devices will support wide-area multimode, multi-band wireless data access in markets around the world. The new UMTS/HSDPA wireless standards enable speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps, and these devices will also be backward compatible with existing GPRS, EDGE, and GSM wireless data networks.

HSPDA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) is an enhancement to the UMTS worldwide wireless telephony standard, designed to enable packet data transmission at theoretical speeds of up to 10 Mbps, or five times faster than UMTS. It can be implemented as an upgrade to existing infrastructure, without overlaying an entirely new radio network.

HSDPA is an element of the 3GPP Release 5 WCDMA specification, and provides a two-fold improvement in network capacity to provide the higher data speeds. With initial speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps, HSDPA becomes a viable alternative to landline cable and DSL connections, supporting packet-based multimedia services like video conferencing, and improving the performance of time-dependent applications like live video streaming and multi-player gaming.

Earlier this month, Novatel Wireless released the Expedite EV620 PC Card modem for laptops, designed to deliver access speeds up to a theoretical 2.4 Mbps on EVDO broadband data networks which are just beginning to be rolled out by carriers. That card also auto-selects for 800 or 1900 MHz band CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and CDMA2000 1X networks.

New Lucent Technology Lays Groundwork for VoIP-over-3G-Wireless

November 30, 2004


lucentLucent’s new high-speed downlink packet access technology will be deployed by Cingular Wireless, as a basis for future VoIP over 3G service, as part of its nationwide UMTS 3G rollout.

Lucent Technologies, Inc (NYSE:LU) today unveiled its High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology, software that will introduce ultra high-speed data capabilities to third-generation UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) networks. Cingular Wireless is including Lucent’s HSDPA in its nationwide UMTS deployment also announced today.

HSDPA will enable the fastest mobile high-speed data connections available – comparable to DSL or cable modem – on devices including 3G phones as well as laptop computers and PDAs equipped with specially designed wireless modem cards. Lucent is currently working with a variety of terminal partners to ensure the availability of HSDPA-capable devices.

Future upgrades of HSDPA will provide theoretical maximum peak data speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps, up from the 3.6 Mbps of today. The objective is to allow UMTS operators to support high-bandwidth data services such as DVD-quality streaming video, or fast downloads of very large files.

It will also enable operators to support up to six times more users than UMTS in the same spectrum, at substantially higher average data rates, maximizing the use of an operator’s available spectrum and laying the groundwork for operators to introduce VoIP over UMTS, and more advanced multimedia services.

VoIP over 3G gives operators the ability to support a greater number of voice users at a lower cost, in turn helping to ensure that voice can continue to be delivered profitably in the context of ever-declining rates chargeable for voice service.

HSDPA is a standardized upgrade of UMTS, also known as Wideband-CDMA, developed by 3GPP (the 3G Partnership Project), an industry body that is responsible for the establishment of standards for 3G UMTS networks. HSDPA is part of a series of upgrades collectively known as UMTS Release 5.