3.6 Megabits per Second Call With HSDPA Datacard

Option, the wireless technology company, and Nortel have completed the industry's first successful demonstration of live HSDPA data card calls reaching a wireless transmission rate of 3.6Mbps - faster than the majority of current broadband connections. The test calls were carried out on commercial HSDPA network equipment at Nortel's research campus in Chateaufort, France.

The series of calls are the first data card calls to demonstrate downlink speed of 3.6 Mbps, at HSDPA category 6 using 16 QAM modulation. A laptop fitted with an Option 3.6 HSDPA data card based on QUALCOMM core MSM 6280 technology and commercial HSDPA network equipment from Nortel were used to achieve the download speeds.

The calls included successful 'real-world' tests with a laptop placed in a moving vehicle to illustrate the suitability of mobile wireless broadband for high quality, live TV, High Definition video on demand, MP3 download as well as new applications for the mobile workforce.

Option announced its first HSDPA demonstrations early this year at CeBIT 2005 (Hanover, March 2005) and CTIA Wireless (New-Orleans, March 2005) tradeshows. In September 2005 the company announced its worldwide unique HSDPA-Ready concept, which means that whenever the network operator decides to launch HSDPA services in its territory, a simple firmware upgrade, available via the operator's website, is sufficient to release the power of HSDPA on the data card. Option's GlobeTrotter 3G/EDGE and the GlobeTrotter FUSION+, both "HSDPA-Ready", are currently shipped in volumes to network operators.

Nortel achieved the industry's first HSDPA mobile call in January 2005. Nortel completed the first live test calls using a commercial handset solution for HSDPA in March 2005. In June 2005, Nortel became the first wireless network supplier to complete the TL9000 registration standard for Quality Management System Requirements and Measurements across its HSDPA, UMTS and GSM wireless infrastructure solutions.

Nortel has worked with a number of wireless operators on HSDPA trials and deployments in 2005, including Edge wireless in the US, SKT and KTF in Korea, SOFTBANK Group's BB Mobile in Japan, mmO2, Orange (at 3GSM World Congress 2005 in Cannes, France), Vodafone (at CeBIT 2005 in Hanover, Germany), Partner Communications in Israel, and Mobilkom Austria.

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