Nokia, BT claim success with 3G trial

British Telecommunications PLC (BT) and global handset manufacturer Nokia have successfully completed its first trial of 3G (third-generation) mobile telecommunication technology, the companies announced Tuesday.

The trial included the testing of mobile VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) along with applications such as video telephony, IP multimedia messaging and video streaming, based on the latest 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) International Standards, BT and Nokia said in a joint statement.

3GPP is the main group coordinating the technical standards for current and 3G wireless services.

Nokia set up the trial 3G IP network based on standard IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) application servers and is working with BT's wireless division, BT Wireless, to test and develop the network. Also, Nokia and BT Wireless are developing new services, including System in Package (SiP) products, the companies said.

Nokia and BT Wireless did not indicate when its 3G networks may be fully operational but did say that expectations are that packet switched traffic will exceed circuit switched traffic in the mobility core network by 2005.

Last month, BT rival Vodafone Group PLC announced that it had made what it called the first 3G mobile phone call from a real network in the U.K., touting the "live voice call" as a major milestone toward rolling out 3G services. Additionally, NTT DoCoMo Inc. said last month that it would launch a trial WCDMA (Wideband Code-Division Multiple Access) 3G service beginning May 30 for 4,000 customers in Tokyo. [See "DoCoMo details 3G trial service, says 'it's no fake'," April 26.]BT has continually promised that it will be the first company in the world to launch 3G services in the Isle of Man through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Manx Telecom Ltd., by the end of May.

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