Monday, January 23, 2006

Nortel, Qualcomm and Orange Test W-CDMA 900 MHz

Nortel, QUALCOMM and Orange successfully completed UMTS and HSDPA calls in the 900 MHz band, a spectrum capable of delivering wireless broadband such as mobile TV, video-on-demand, video telephony and DSL-like services to rural areas.

The category 6 HSDPA calls, using the 16 QAM Modulation and reaching 3.6Mbps data rate, were completed using Nortel's commercial infrastructure technologies, mobile handsets based on QUALCOMM's Mobile Station Modem MSM6280 chipset solution and Orange's 900 MHz spectrum.

The companies said W-CDMA (UMTS) in the 900 MHz band could achieve a 60 percent reduction in cell sites required to serve rural areas. It could also improve in-building penetration by 25 percent in urban areas.