Nortel has plans for new wireless tool

Nortel Networks says it has plans to offer a packet data-based system designed to enable Code Division Multiple Access operators to provide services with peak data rates of up to 2.4M bit/sec.

The CDMA2000 1xEV-DO (Evolution-Data Only) technology supposedly allows operators to deliver video and audio streaming, wireless Web browsing, interactive gaming and other next-generation wireless multimedia services, Nortel says.

The product is an upgrade of Nortel's CDMA2000 1x system and CDMA MetroCell base station. The company says the product will "help pave the way to all-IP networks."

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO was recently accepted by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as an international third generation (3G) wireless standard. Nortel is currently working with Airvana, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, in an effort to produce all-IP IxEV-DO products for Nortel customers.

Nortel expects the product to be available in the second half of 2002.

Separately, Cingular Wireless announced the rollout of its General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) network in several markets across the Southeast and Las Vegas. Nortel is the sole infrastructure provider of Cingular's Southeast Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) Network, which includes the Carolinas, eastern Tennessee and coastal Georgia.

The news follows a recent Nortel announcement that the company plans to build out Cingular's national ATM backbone to connect 87 markets throughout the U.S.

The GPRS technology supposedly allows customers the ability to toggle between an Internet session and a phone call or text message without having to disconnect from the Internet. Cingular says this technology paves the way for the company's rollout of its Cingular Wireless Internet Express 2.5G technology nationwide.

Cingular Wireless Internet Express is expected to be available in all of Cingular's GSM markets by early 2002.

Lastly, Nortel announced a marketing and distribution agreement with 724 Solutions, a software provider for secure mobile transactions across the Internet. Under the non-exclusive arrangement, the companies intend to integrate Nortel's Network Gateway Server and wireless infrastructure equipment with 724 Solutions' m-commerce (mobile commerce) technology.

Nortel says the agreement will enable deployment of next-generation mobile banking, mobile shopping and other mobile financial services.

724 Solutions expects to integrate its 724 FrameWorks (FW) software and its 724 Payments software with Nortel's wireless infrastructure equipment. 724 FW provides server-side applications that allow wireless devices to complete transactions. It supports brokerage and banking applications and online shopping by providing interfaces for credit/debit card authorization and other financial functions.

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