AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. and Ericsson will continue delivering on their commitments to bring true 3G capabilities to the United States
by deploying a UMTS/WCDMA market trial system in the fourth quarter of 2002. This UMTS/WCDMA market trial system, which will have about
100 cell sites in the Dallas area, will be the first 1900 MHz UMTS/WCDMA system in the Americas.
In February, AT&T Wireless and Ericsson completed the first live 3G UMTS voice call in the United States at AT&T Wireless' headquarters
in Redmond, Wash. The two companies continued the momentum towards UMTS/WCDMA with a recent lab demonstration in which multimedia files
were transferred simultaneously at packet data speeds exceeding 300 Kbps. Applications and capability development and verification will
continue throughout the summer as a prelude to the launch of the trial network.
"UMTS/WCDMA is the most prominent wireless telecommunications technology available, and we are proud to be at the forefront of the
United States industry in bringing it to market," said Rod Nelson, chief technology officer for AT&T Wireless.
"This demonstration is an opportunity for Ericsson and AT&T Wireless to advance the development of UMTS/WCDMA in the 1900 MHz
frequencies," said Greg Slemons, executive vice president network services for AT&T Wireless. "It will demonstrate the advanced services and capabilities of UMTS/WCDMA, and develop best practices for the commercial deployments that will follow."
"It's extremely rewarding to see the fruits of our longstanding partnership and common vision between AT&T Wireless and Ericsson," Ericsson Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Angel Ruiz said. "The fact that WCDMA at 1900 MHz is now entering the American ontinent confirms that WCDMA will become a major global standard
with systems operational in all world markets."
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