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Siemens presents GSM, GPRS and UMTS offering at CeBIT
Posted: 23-Mar-2001 [Source: Siemens press release]

[Siemens demonstrates 1.2 Mbps over a live UMTS network today at CeBIT.]

Hannover, Germany -- The evolution from GSM to GPRS to UMTS - Siemens IC Mobile presented the extended product range for mobile base stations with its six new models. The heart of the presentation was the introduction of the brand-new UMTS base stations (Node B): NB-530 and NB-441 for FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) and NB-150 for TDD (Time Division Duplex). Mid 2001 the commercial production of the FDD (W-CDMA) Node B will start and by beginning of 2002 also the first commercial TDD Node B will be available, so that Siemens and NEC will be the first companies worldwide to offer the complete range of solutions for UMTS. Also new to the GSM product portfolio were the BS-242 Pico, BS-41 and BS-240XL base stations for lower, mid and upper performance ranges. Just like all other Siemens models, these base stations support wireless internet applications based on GPRS. They are scalable and are therefore ideally suitable for upgrading with the advent of future technologies. Upgrading the new Siemens base stations to the new EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) standard will be a simple matter.

The future of mobile communications today - Siemens IC Mobile presented UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service) live. Trade visitors were able to learn about the new possibilities with Third Generation (3G) mobile networks and services from the trade stand or from a minivan. High performance internet surfing, mobile video conferences, downloading multimedia files and the intelligent, interactive city guide "City on Air" that searches for and displays hotels, restaurants or tourist sites, brought the endless mobile UMTS possibilities within reach. A complete IP-based multimedia network including switching and radio relay for UMTS were also demonstrated.

GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) live - Siemens IC Mobile demonstrated the powerful capabilities of this technology for mobile data services with tailored applications that used the new radio technology options. Alongside higher transmission rates of up to 115 kbit/s (compared to GSM's 9,6 kbit/s), GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) offers the advantage that users with a cellphone are permanently online and do not need to dial into the mobile internet first. This makes telemetry services the ideal application area for GPRS. The demonstration showed how various household appliances and functions can be controlled remotely via the internet from a cellphone. Users with a GPRS terminal can view a central "circuit diagram" of their home on the internet and then adjust various settings for lighting, temperature, windows, household appliances or alarm systems, for example.

Mobile radio, in conjunction with other network intelligence, showed how mobile phones will become not just tools for communication, information and entertainment but also for payment. Siemens IC Mobile presented the pay@once platform jointly developed with Brokat, a comprehensive solution for both mobile business and traditional electronic commerce. It covers the entire range of requirements from content, volume, connection time, services and goods as well as distributing the profits to the various partners in the mobile business value added chain. The solution combines the benefits of real time billing, such as Prepaid, with the comprehensive interfaces to existing applications and processes in the financial services sector. It guarantees fast, secure and easy-to-process payment transactions. The pay@once functions were demonstrated with payment for an MPEG4 video downloaded via GPRS and billing for mobile access to the mobile internet using a GPRS terminal.

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