Nortel Networks and Telstra have recorded a world first, demonstrating live Wireless Internet applications at speeds in excess of 50 kilobits per second.
This has been achieved on a live GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) system at a rate more than five times the speed currently available over GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) digital wireless networks.
GPRS is a packet-based, next generation communications platform which overlays a GSM network to provide high-speed wireless data access. It allows the subscriber’s mobile phone or handheld computer to have ‘always on’ Internet access, with costs incurred only when data is retrieved.
In May, Telstra announced it had awarded a contract to Nortel Networks for deployment of a GPRS network in Melbourne, Australia. At the GPRS Service Deployment Strategies Congress, held recently in Sydney, Nortel Networks and Telstra demonstrated web browsing (HTML) via a notebook computer connected to a GPRS-enabled mobile phone. They also demonstrated Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) enabled applications such as stock quotes and weather reports on a Palm handheld computer.
Nortel Networks has a long relationship with Telstra. The two companies recently made the first cdma2000 1XRTT voice and data packet call on Telstra’s live 800MHz CDMA (code division multiple access) network, based on solutions from Nortel Networks. In March, Telstra announced a GSM Wireless Office trial using Nortel Networks’ PicoNode in-building wireless solution; and Nortel Networks is a major supplier to Telstra’s Data Mode of Operation (DMO) project.
Telstra is the largest mobile telecommunications provider in Australia, with a digital GSM network covering over 94 percent of the population and international roaming to more than 65 countries. Telstra has recently launched a second digital mobile network based on CDMA technology. Telstra expects the digital CDMA mobile network to provide wide-ranging coverage and high-quality service.
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