Monday, May 9, 2005

Ericsson Tests WCDMA Uplinks at 1.5 Mbps

Ericsson, in partnership with 3 Scandinavia, successfully tested an enhanced uplink, also know as HSUPA, supporting rates of 1.5 Mbps. HSUPA is currently being standardized in 3GPP release 6.

With the fist evolutionary step of WCDMA, called HSDPA, the focus has been on improving the downlink capacity and bit-rates. HSUPA introduces improvements in the uplink.

"We are taking another important step towards making our mobile broadband promise a reality," said Carl-Henric Svanberg, CEO and President of Ericsson. "Last year we took the challenge to do with broadband what we did to telephony some 20 years ago - make it mobile and available to everyone, everywhere. We now continue on an already established track to break the ground for the development of WCDMA with the aim to further increase bit rates and system capacity."

Ericsson WCDMA Enhanced Uplink, or HSUPA, will be introduced on the market in line with terminal availability. Initial terminals and PC-cards will be available on the market during the second half of 2006, with handsets coming early 2007. With the evolution of WCDMA Ericsson stays true to its established tradition of supplying future proof products based on cutting edge technology.

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