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Nortel Networks Unveils CDMA 450 Portfolio
Posted: 15-Mar-2004 [Source: Nortel Networks]

[CDMA 450 promises wider coverage areas with fewer base stations, making it attractive in less densely populated areas.]

Dallas -- Nortel Networks has unveiled its line of CDMA products that it has developed and tested for the CDMA 450 MHz radio spectrum, and has begun commercial deployments in Europe. Nortel Networks CDMA 450 product portfolio is designed to help customers reduce network capital expenditures and operating costs while maximize existing network investments. The CDMA 450 products, built on Nortel Networks Metro Cell base station solution, are designed to be the most flexible available in the industry today.

CDMA 450 is a standard for use in countries transitioning to digital wireless service from Nordic Mobile Telephone (NMT) 450 analogue service and in countries advocating universal access to voice and data. Because of the lower radio spectrum, CDMA 450 has the advantage of covering a significantly larger geographical footprint compared to traditional cellular systems. This means fewer cell sites, lower capital expenditures and no need for licensed operators to acquire additional spectrum.

"We have been testing and deploying CDMA 450 over the past year and, based on the successes of these networks, we have brought to market what we believe is the most robust, cost-efficient solution available to operators today," said Steve Searles, vice president, marketing, CDMA/TDMA, Nortel Networks. "CDMA 450 is gathering momentum and attention across Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America because it is relatively inexpensive to deploy and is ideal for covering vast regions and less densely populated areas."

Leveraging its experience in deploying large CDMA-based networks globally and its existing product portfolio, Nortel Networks has designed its CDMA 450 products as dedicated, standalone radios. This provides operators with a cost-effective means of building on existing NMT450 infrastructure to expand and digitize voice and data services in both rural and urban environments.

Nortel Networks native radio solution reduces site power requirements by as much at 25 percent and eliminates the need for frequency shifter hardware, which can significantly decrease site deployments costs. Each radio can support three carriers, which can be easily activated individually via software. CDMA2000 1X and CDMA 1xEV-DO are also integrated in the same base station to enable operators to customize their mix of coverage and costs, and reduce site acquisition costs.

Nortel Networks also announced today a CDMA2000 450 MHz contract with Telekom Baltija in Latvia. In addition, Nortel Networks is conducting CDMA 450 trials with a number of operators across Eastern Europe, and has just completed a CDMA 450 trial with UralWestcom, a joint venture between Russian Telecommunications Development Corporation (RTDC) and Ural Svyaz Inform.

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