Nokia and M1 complete the first HSUPA data call with Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station
Successful trial demonstrates Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station’s capability to support HSUPA
December 18, 2006 - Espoo, Finland - Nokia and Singaporean mobile operator MobileOne (M1) have carried out the first High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) data call in Southeast Asia. The call was conducted in a test environment using a Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station and Nokia’s HSUPA-capable device.
The successful trial demonstrated Nokia’s end-to-end capability to support new data rates and services to be built on HSUPA. It also proved that the connection from device to the 3G network can now reach a data rate of 1.45 Mbps which is up to 4 times over existing 3G speeds. For instance, a typical 10 MB video file transfer over HSUPA network takes less than a minute to upload, as compared to a minimum of 3 minutes using today’s 3G speeds. HSUPA is thus ideal for sending large data files, such as photos and videos.
“M1 has always been keen to adopt new technologies to bring the best quality of mobile experience to our customers. Today’s trial proves our strong commitment to continuously develop our service offerings. This has been made possible through collaboration with our supplier, Nokia,” says Neil Montefiore, Chief Executive Officer of M1. “This trial has convinced us that the performance of wireless broadband based on WCDMA 3G technology is improving, and this will make it competitive against fixed broadband.”
“This was Nokia’s first HSUPA data call made with the Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station and a Nokia device in collaboration with an operator, and the quality of the call was excellent,” says Ricky Corker, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Networks, Nokia. “This trial has shown that the Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station is well poised to support HSUPA which will be commercially available in 2007, in line with overall evolution of the wireless broadband business based on UMTS technology.”
Nokia has been working with M1 since 1997, as the sole supplier for M1’s GSM and WCDMA 3G networks. In July 2006, Nokia was awarded Singapore’s first HSPA contract by M1. On December 6, 2006, Nokia also supported M1 in the launch of its wireless broadband service, ’M1 Broadband’. With this, M1 joins pioneers in the region to offer true island-wide HSDPA coverage.
Nokia HSPA Solution is made up of two key technologies, HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) and HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access), enabling true mobile broadband with breakthrough data speeds up to 14 Mbps in the downlink and up to 5.7 Mbps in the uplink. Nokia HSPA offers almost 10-times faster data services than current 3G networks, generating an enhanced service experience. Nokia is a leader in the HSPA market, with a large number of HSPA contracts. Many network operators have already opened their HSPA networks with the Nokia solution.
Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station is a space-saving modular innovation that enables operators to make more efficient use of their base station sites, leading to significant site cost savings through reduced site construction work, quick base station installation and decreased power consumption. All these make the Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station an environmentally friendly solution. Nokia HSUPA is a simple software upgrade to Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station.
M1, Singapore’s most exciting and innovative mobile and IDD service provider, was launched in April 1997. Since then, it has made significant inroads into the local mobile communications market, gaining considerable brand presence and market share. M1 aims to be the leader in personal voice and data communications, focusing on value, quality and customer service. More information on M1 is available at www.m1.com.sg
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.
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