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Nortel Networks Achieves Wireless Internet Milestone Using Multi-Carrier 3G
Posted: 28-Sep-2000 [Source: Nortel press release]

[First Two-Way High-Speed Packet Data Calls Completed in Live Air Trial With Bell Mobility ]

Ottawa, Ontario Canada -- Nortel Networks has achieved another Wireless Internet milestone by demonstrating high-speed two-way packet data transmission using cdma2000* 1XRTT technology in a live air trial. Using an end-to-end Nortel Networks infrastructure solution and trial terminals powered by the QUALCOMM* CDMA Technologies MSM5000 Mobile Station Modem chipset and system software, Nortel Networks and Bell Mobility have completed the first 1XRTT packet data calls in a live, over-the-air environment. cdma2000 1XRTT is expected to significantly enhance data speed and capacity for Web browsing, m-commerce and live streaming video via the Wireless Internet. The demonstration included two-way streaming video - using both forward and reverse supplemental channels - between laptop computers connected via cdma2000-enabled mobiles. It also included real-time collaboration and videoconferencing applications. The same applications were also demonstrated between a mobile user and a stationary user in a standard local area network environment. The calls were made over a trial network installed in conjunction with Bell Mobility. A Nortel Networks Shasta* 5000 Broadband Service Node (BSN) provided the Packet Data Serving Node functionality for connection to the Internet.

"This is an aggressive first step toward rolling out true, enhanced Wireless Internet services to CDMA subscribers, and it allows Bell Mobility to stay ahead of the technology curve and continue to lead in our marketplace," said Brian O'Shaughnessy, vice president, wireless technology, Bell Mobility. "Our next step is taking this successful live air trial into the commercial network."

"Nortel Networks continues to lead the charge to provide early delivery of commercial Wireless Internet services based on the cdma2000 1XRTT standard," said Peter MacKinnon, vice president, Wireless Internet Strategic Marketing, Nortel Networks. "We're committed to making Wireless Internet services successful on a timely basis. These demonstrations are essential for customer success in this critical, rapidly emerging market." Nortel Networks has been working to develop solutions for evolving wireless networks to 3G CDMA technology quickly and cost effectively. 1XRTT, the first phase of cdma2000, is designed to support 144 kilobits per second packet data transmission and to double the voice capacity of current generation CDMA networks.

The Nortel Networks cdma2000 solution includes Nortel Networks Metro Cell base stations for wide area radio coverage; a packet-based core network featuring Nortel Networks Passport* switches; Nortel Networks Preside* network and service management; Nortel Networks Shasta 5000 BSN; and network implementation services.

It is an integral part of the Nortel Networks 'Wings of Light' strategy, which unifies Optical and Wireless Internet capabilities to help customers establish first-mover advantage in the race to bring profitable Wireless Internet services to market. An incremental series of cdma2000 1XRTT one-way voice and data trials by Nortel Networks with key customers in Canada, the United States and Australia has resulted in this successful trial of a two-way packet data call. Nortel Networks is a global Internet and communications leader with capabilities spanning Optical, Wireless, Local Internet and eBusiness. The Company had 1999 U.S. GAAP revenues of US$21.3 billion and serves carrier, service provider and enterprise customers globally. Today, Nortel Networks is creating a high-performance Internet that is more reliable and faster than ever before. It is redefining the economics and quality of networking and the Internet, promising a new era of collaboration, communications and commerce.

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