|Novatel Delivers HSDPA-Enabled PC Data Card|
Posted: 29-Sep-2005 [Source: Novatel Wireless]
[Novatel begins shipping the Merlin U740 HSDPA-enabled PC Data Card to European carriers.]
San Diego -- Novatel Wireless today announced it has made initial shipments of the Merlin U740 High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA)-enabled PC Data Cards to European carriers. The Merlin U740 is designed to operate on HSDPA networks as coverage becomes available from the carriers. The PC Data Card is backward compatible with existing UMTS networks in Europe and Enhanced Data Rate for Global Evolution (EDGE) networks worldwide. Novatel Wireless has received purchase orders for commercial volume shipments for the Merlin U740, which it expects to begin before the end of 2005.
The flexible architecture of the Merlin U740 allows carriers to launch it as either a UMTS/EDGE PC card, Web-upgradeable to HSDPA over the Internet, or as an HSDPA product, depending on their network deployment strategy.
With speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps, HSDPA offers a viable alternative to landline cable and DSL connections, with the added freedom of mobility. Remote workers are able to send and receive email, surf the Internet and securely access corporate networks with Novatel Wireless' Merlin U740 PC Data Card. Other benefits offered by the Card include accessing advanced multi-media applications, video conferencing, downloading data-intensive attachments and streaming audio and video. Providing wireless network connectivity from virtually any location worldwide, the Merlin U740 will allow users to increase productivity, stay connected to clients and co-workers and gain a competitive advantage. The Merlin U740 will also operate on UMTS 2100 MHz bands in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, in addition to EDGE and GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz bands across the globe.
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