Thursday, October 20, 2005

O2's Manx Telecom to Launch First European HSDPA Next Month

Manx Telecom (a wholly owned subsidiary of O2) plans to launch a commercial HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) network service on the Isle of Man on November 1, making it the first service provider to commercially deploy HSDPA in Europe. The Lucent-supplied UMTS/HSDPA network enables Manx Telecom to introduce UMTS voice services and new, mobile high-speed data services such as DVD-quality streaming video, fast downloads of very large files including music, as well as Virtual Private Network (VPN) access to corporate networks.

The 3G UMTS and HSDPA network comprises Lucent's end-to-end commercial UMTS solution, including Lucent's OneBTS base stations (Node Bs) -- which support HSDPA -- Radio Network Controller (RNC), Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN), Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN), and 3G Mobile Switching Center based on the Lucent Network Controller and Lucent Network Gateway. Lucent's industry-leading IMS solution is being integrated with the current system and will be operational offering a suite of innovative, end-user services early next year.

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