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Sierra Wireless, Nortel complete broadband wireless calls

Nortel Corp. and Sierra Wireless Inc. are collaborating to jointly test and market products that use High Speed Dow...


February 3, 2005  


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Nortel Corp. and Sierra Wireless Inc. are collaborating to jointly test and market products that use High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), an emerging broadband wireless technology.

The companies have completed an initial series of live test calls including the industry’s first using a data card product slated for commercial release.

The calls, which were completed using Sierra Wireless AirCard 850 wireless wide area network cards and commercial UMTS network equipment from Nortel, were made from a laptop computer in a moving automobile with connection speeds averaging 800 kilobits per second (with peak data rates in excess of 1 megabit per second).

Broadband services demonstrated included 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.

“A tested, interoperable HSDPA solution allows network operators to upgrade their networks to support true broadband speeds with confidence,” said Jason Cohenour, chief operating officer, Sierra Wireless.

Nortel recently announced plans for a major Pan-European HSDPA network deployment with mmO2 and is working with a number of other leading global operators on HSDPA trials and deployments in 2005. Commercial field trials with the Sierra Wireless AirCard 850 are expected to begin later this year.

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.

It can boost 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.