Nortel Networks* [NYSE/TSE: NT] and Sprint PCS* [NYSE:PCS] are building the world's first next generation, access technology independent,
high-performance wireless network test bed using IP (Internet Protocol) technology for both voice and data.
The companies plan to test a new architecture - Nortel Networks e-mobility Multimedia Core IP Network - designed to position operators, service
providers and third-party vendors to provide profitable, seamless, high-speed wireless access to information virtually 'anytime, anywhere.'
This new architecture is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of this year.
Building on Nortel Networks leadership in IP telephony, the network will be the first in the world to demonstrate seamless mobility across many access technologies using Nortel Networks cutting-edge IP Mobility solution - providing secure, anywhere, anytime Internet or intranet access. For example, a user's suite of applications and services will be continuously
available while moving freely across terrestrial and wireless IP networks.
The network will also feature Nortel Networks advanced SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) application server for initiating real-time multimedia voice, data and video sessions such as flexible call management, service customization and multimedia conferencing regardless of the user access method.
Sprint PCS plans to test multiple access technologies, including cdmaOne and cdma2000 IXRTT, the latter of which is designed to support 144 kilobits per second packet data transmission and to enable operators to effectively
double voice capacity. Sprint PCS also plans to test 802.11 wireless LAN (local area network) technology to deliver next generation communication services through open IP telephony protocols. This combination of products
and technologies is meant to provide a high-speed, high-capacity network capable of enhancing Web access for end users, regardless of location or means of access, including wireless, terrestrial, DSL (digital subscriber line) or cable modem.
"Nortel Networks is driving the high-performance Internet and re-defining mobility to meet as many user requirements as possible," said Hermon Pon,
chief technology officer, Wireless Internet, Nortel Networks. "We're proud to have Sprint PCS as the first carrier to work with us on our e-mobility Multimedia IP Core Network, which will continuously evolve to stay at the
forefront of technology for our customers."
"We're excited to work with Nortel Networks on this first-of-its-kind network," said Oliver Valente, chief technology officer, Sprint PCS. "It
again demonstrates Sprint's technology leadership in working with our vendors to drive varied and enhanced services, such as mobile wireless
office, to our customers."
"Participation in this trial will help us to better understand how to deliver the next generation of voice, information and Internet services over a wireless IP core network with cost efficiencies for our customers,"