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RECENT NEWS FLASH 2000-14 (May 2000)

(Updated on May 5,  2000)

 

TECHNOLOGY

Lucent Technologies and QUALCOMM Complete First Wireless High-Speed 153 KBPS Packet Data Call Compliant with 3rd Generation CDMA Standard

Lucent Technologies and QUALCOMM Incorporated announced that their collaboration on 3G wireless data technology has successfully yielded the first live transmissions of over-the-air data using cdma2000-1x technology. In compliance with the 3G cdma2000-1x standard, known as IS-2000, 153 kilobits per second (kbps) transmission was demonstrated with a streaming video application.

This faster data rate will give mobile workers the ability to use their handsets to access applications such as web browsing, streaming video and audio,  web teleconferencing and other emerging data applications. This compares to current North American wireless data networking speeds ranging from 9.6 kbps to 14.4 kbps, which can only support text-based messages and information.

Verizon Wireless will implement the technology as part of a pilot test bed beginning in June. The company will conduct field trials this summer with Lucent, device manufacturers and content providers with the goal being to make these data access speeds available to customers sometime next year.

The Lucent-QUALCOMM collaboration provides wireless network operators with a solution that effectively doubles the voice capacity of their Lucent-supplied networks. The network upgrades involve only circuit card replacements and a software upgrade without the need for new base stations.

For more information, go to http://www.qualcomm.com/cda/pr/view/0,1565,292,00.html

Mobileinfo Advisory and Comment:

3G network technology implementation in selected pilots is moving along at a fast pace.  However, national rollout of 3G networks will take a while - our estimates are three years for regional and selected metro locations and five years for national coverage. Telecommunications vendors may disagree but users must understand all the steps involved in installation of wireless networks - it is not a cookie-cutter operation. 

Note: This news release may contain forward-looking statements. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.

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