Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa Sp. z o. o. (PTC), Poland's leading mobile network provider, and Alcatel announce they have conducted voice, data and video communications on the UMTS trial system installed in Poznan by Alcatel.
Numerous tests have confirmed the Alcatel's Evolium(tm) UMTS infrastructure's ability in the area of high-speed data & video transfers. Whether for surfing the Internet (Web Browsing), having on-line access to information, images or videos (Video Streaming), or for transmitting video images from a remote Webcam. Alcatel's UMTS trial system provides data rates of up to 384 kbit/s.
Thanks to a dedicated applications software platform from Alcatel, Era is also able to test various 3G services including Universal Mail Client, multi-access Personal Information Management, Music Charts (MP3 music stream was replayed), Community Board and Electronic Shopping List.
Under the terms of the MoU, Alcatel installed its complete Evolium solution, comprising - among other things - the UTRAN radio systems (UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access Network), the Core network and Internet applications. The radio systems, including the UMTS base stations (Node B), supplied by Alcatel were developed and manufactured by Evolium SAS, a company owned jointly with Fujitsu.
Wilhelm Stuckemann, Director Network Operation & IT, Member of the Board of PTC said: " UMTS trials are important steps in PTC's preparation for the next generation -for the future expected growing demand for data intensive mobile services. The UMTS trial gives PTC / Era first hand information about the capabilities of UMTS technology prior to the decisions regarding roll-out of commercial system."
"This trial system is a significant success for Alcatel as PTC has rapidly established itself as the leading mobile services provider in Poland, indeed even in Central Europe. We are extremely pleased to see our cooperation growing up", added Marc Rouanne, President of Alcatel's Mobile Networks activities.
The Era's trial adds to the some 20 UMTS field trials networks in operation or planned to be delivered by Alcatel in Europe and in Asia by the end of June 2002.