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SingTel Offers 3G UMTS PC Cards
Posted: 22-Dec-2004 [Source: Novatel]

[Novatel and Lucent announce availability of the Merlin U530 Wireless PC Card Modem for data access on SingTel's 3G UMTS network in Singapore.]

Murray Hill, NJ & San Diego -- Novatel Wireless, Lucent Technologies and Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) today announce the availability of the Merlin U530(TM) Wireless PC Card Modem for high-speed wireless data access on SingTel's 3G Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service (UMTS) network in Singapore. Together with its regional partners, SingTel is Asia's largest multi-market mobile operator, serving more than 56 million customers in six markets: Australia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

By installing the intuitive MobiLink(TM) software from Novatel Wireless and inserting the Merlin U530 into a laptop, users can access data at speeds of up to 384 kilobits per second. Jointly developed by Lucent and Novatel Wireless, the Merlin U530 provides high-speed access to streaming video and audio, secure wireless access to emails with large attachments and other corporate information stored behind firewalls. The Merlin U530 is backward compatible to GPRS and GSM so users can stay connected to SingTel's GSM/GPRS networks when 3G service is not available.

"We are pleased that our customers are the first in Singapore to be able to enjoy a good choice of 3G devices that deliver broadband access and the freedom of mobility," said Paul Kitchin, vice president of consumer marketing for SingTel. "The Merlin U530 brings high-speed data services to corporate workers' fingertips -- making access to email and the Internet easier than ever before. We look forward to a long-term partnership with Lucent and Novatel Wireless, as we jointly deliver mobile access from virtually any location at any time, meeting the demand for 'always on' connectivity."

Lucent and Novatel Wireless are the global leaders in UMTS PC Card sales with Merlin UMTS PC Cards available from 13 operators in 17 countries throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America.


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