Ericsson to showcase HSDPA interoperability with commercially available PC cards

At 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, February 13-17, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) will demonstrate HSDPA interoperability with commercially available HSDPA PC cards from three leading vendors on its live HSDPA system. The system is based on commercially available hardware and software.

The demonstrations will showcase commercially available HSDPA PC cards from Novatel Wireless (NASDAQ:NVTL), Option NV (Euronext:OPTI, OTC:OPNVY) and Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR, TSX: SW), three leading suppliers.

Mikael Bäck, Vice President of WCDMA Radio Networks, Ericsson, says: "Our message is clear: HSDPA is here and now. This is true for both infrastructure and devices.

"This interoperability demonstration with major PC-card suppliers further strengthens our belief that operators can launch HSDPA today, allowing them to introduce new attractive services such as mobile broadband."

Mobile broadband ensures access to e-mail, on-line music, the internet and mobile TV anywhere. By exploiting the capabilities of HSDPA in the network, the services will have all the necessary prerequisites for mass-market uptake.

HSDPA, the first step in the evolution path of WCDMA, enables download data speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps, offers operators more than double the system capacity and reduces the response time for interactive services.

WCDMA is the dominant 3G technology, selected by eight of the world's ten largest operators. Ericsson expects that, by 2007, as many as 80 percent of all mobile subscribers will be served by the GSM/WCDMA family, in which Ericsson holds the leading position with a 35 percent market share.

Ericsson strongly supports open standards, and a WCDMA interoperability-testing program was initiated in 2000. To underline this effort, Ericsson hosts Interoperability Demonstration (IOD), an industry initiative, at the 3GSM World Conference. 

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.



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