3G Wireless Demos Begin in Singapore Next Week

SINGAPORE (06/02/2000) - Mobile phone vendors L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co. and Nokia Corp., together with local telecommunications carrier StarHub Pte. Ltd., will demonstrate third-generation (3G) mobile phone technology here next week at the CommunicAsia conference and exhibition.

This marks the first live deployment of 3G mobile technology in Asia outside Japan, StarHub said in a statement. Japan's Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., which has been a driving force behind the development of the third generation Wideband CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) format, is a minority shareholder in StarHub.

StarHub and Nokia recently signed an agreement to develop a full 3G mobile network here, offering data transmission speeds of 384K bits per second to mobile users -- 50 times faster than current data transfer rates. This will enable applications such as video on demand, electronic postcards, multimedia entertainment, access to corporate LANs and intranets, and videoconferencing, all interactively and in real time, StarHub said.

Ericsson is one of the major vendors being considered by carriers Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel) and MobileOne Asia Pte. Ltd. for their 3G networks, Ericsson said recently. SingTel's existing GSM 900 network was built by Ericsson.

After the show, Ericsson will take its 3G demo on the road in a purpose-built vehicle, which will tour Singapore during July before being transported to Australia to feature at the Sydney Olympic Games in September.

The Singapore government will issue between four and six 3G licenses later this year, with commercial services likely to start toward the end of 2001.

Along with Japan and Singapore, Hong Kong's 3G plans are also well advanced.

Earlier this week, Cable & Wireless HKT Ltd. announced it has completed testing its 3G mobile data service, and the Hong Kong government plans to issue licenses for 3G service providers by early next year. [See "HKT, Nokia Complete 3G Mobile Testing", May 31].

The CommunicAsia show runs from June 6 to 9.

StarHub can be reached at +65-880-5167 or on the Web at http://www.starhub.com.sg/. Nokia, in Espoo, Finland, can be reached at +358-9-5113-8193 or on the Web at http://www.nokia.com/. Ericsson, in Stockholm, can be reached at +46-8-719-0000, or on the Web at http://www.ericsson.com/.

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