Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Qualcomm, Nortel Complete First Handset HSDPA Calls

Nortel and QUALCOMM completed the industry's first end-to-end calls using High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) on a commercial network and handset equipment. The calls were completed using commercial network equipment from Nortel and the first available handset, which is enabled by QUALCOMM's Mobile Station Modem chipset. Calls were made over a live air connection to a moving automobile to demonstrate the stability of the connection in a real-world environment. A five-megabyte music file was downloaded in less than 30 seconds, and an e-mail with a three-megabyte attachment was downloaded in 20 seconds.

HSDPA is expected to 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.


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