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First UMTS Calls Using 1900 MHz Radio Spectrum Completed
Posted: 10-Oct-2002 [Source: Nortel press release]

[Nortel Networks and Qualcomm successfully demonstrate first UMTS voice and data call at 1900 MHz with network-based circuit and packet handovers at data speeds of up to 384 Kbps.]

Ottawa -- Nortel Networks and QUALCOMM have completed the industry's first UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) voice and data calls demonstrating mobility across commercial cell sites using live 1900 MHz radio spectrum, QUALCOMM chipsets in commercial-form-factor handsets, and a live, end-to-end 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) UMTS network from Nortel Networks.

This is significant for North American GSM operators, who have spectrum available at 1900 MHZ but not at 2100 MHz. To date, U.S and Canadian regulatory bodies have not indicated when or if 2100 spectrum -- traditionally used for UMTS (or W-CDMA) service elsewhere in the world -- will be made available in North America.

Nortel Networks and QUALCOMM have demonstrated voice and data services at 1900 MHz with network-based circuit and packet handovers at data speeds of up to 384 kilobits per second (kbps). High-speed data can improve network capacity and quality of service for wireless data applications like multimedia messaging (MMS), e-mail, file transfers, and location-based services, as well as drive a new era of streaming video, video telephony, and other visual wireless services.

Migrating to Wireless Data Networks such as UMTS provides a highly cost-effective solution that will help GSM operators meet growing capacity demand and generate new revenues while improving end-user experiences with existing and emerging data services.

"The ability to offer UMTS services over the 1900 spectrum provides a very strategic and cost-effective migration option for North American GSM operators," said Mark Whitton, leader, Technology and Product Strategy, Wireless Networks, Nortel Networks. "This enables them to offer UMTS services without the immediate need for capital investment in 2100 spectrum. As the only provider with proven success in deploying live Wireless Data Networks across all advanced access technologies, Nortel Networks is in a strong position to support 3GPP UMTS requirements for North American operators."

"QUALCOMM is leading W-CDMA development worldwide, and that leadership extends to 1900 MHz for North America," said Don Schrock, president, QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. "We are committed to enabling operators in their migration from 2G to 3G technologies, whether it is W-CDMA or CDMA2000."

The MSM6200TM Mobile Station Modem (MSMTM) chipset is QUALCOMM's second-generation UMTS solution and supports data rates of up to 384 kbps in UMTS mode. The MSM6200 solution supports QUALCOMM's wireless LaunchpadTM suite of applications and software, encompassing advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage capabilities. Selected components of the Launchpad suite are integrated into all of QUALCOMM's MSM chipsets based on the market for which each chip is designed.

The MSM6200 chipset and system software also support QUALCOMM's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless(tm) (BREW) Application Programming Interface (API). With the BREWapi(tm), handset manufacturers and developers can develop both embedded and downloadable wireless applications and BREW-based products more quickly and easily.

Nortel Networks Univity portfolio provided 100 percent of the infrastructure equipment used to perform the 1900 UMTS calls, including packet and circuit core platforms from Univity Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) and Univity Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN). Nortel Networks core networking platforms use common hardware and software across GSM, GPRS and UMTS to provide seamless, cost-effective migration to 3G. UMTS 1900 radio access was enabled by Nortel Networks Univity Internet Base Station Transceiver Station (iBTS) and Univity Radio Network Controller (RNC) products.

This milestone is another in a series of accomplishments between Nortel Networks and QUALCOMM. The companies have been working together to enhance and speed market delivery of code division wireless technologies since 1989. In October 2002, the companies completed 3GPP UMTS-compliant 3G-to-2G handover calls. In August 2001, the companies announced the first live CDMA2000 Mobile IP (Internet Protocol) call.

These UMTS 1900 calls build on Nortel Networks history of UMTS innovation. Nortel Networks is the first infrastructure vendor to have deployed live networks across all three advanced access technologies -- GSM, CDMA2000 and UMTS. Nortel Networks installed the industry's first pre-commercial UMTS networks, and has completed live 3GPP UMTS voice and data calls on 10 UMTS networks across five countries. In December 2001, Vodafone (Spain) completed the world's first international 3GPP call -- with J-Phone in Japan -- using Nortel Networks infrastructure.


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