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CTIA Wireless Feature Article

April 01, 2008

Ericsson demonstrates world-first end-to-end HSPA Evolution technology for speeds of up to 42 Mbps

Ericsson (News - Alert) will conduct the world's first demonstration of end-to-end HSPA Evolution technology with speeds of up to 42 Mbps at CTIA Wireless 2008, which is being held in Las Vegas from April 1 to 3.

The next phase in HSPA Evolution is defined by speeds of up to 42 Mbps, according to the company. A combination of new higher order modulation technology (64QAM) and 2x2 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology is used to achieve this speed. The first step of the HSPA evolution will be introduced during 2008, according to Ulf Ewaldsson, vice president and Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson.

“Achieving speeds of up to 42 Mbps is a major industry milestone. It further strengthens the position of HSPA as the major mobile broadband technology as we go forward,”  said Ewaldsson. “Consumers will enjoy an even richer communications experience thanks to higher speeds, while operators will be able to reduce network operating costs via increased throughput enabled by HSPA Evolution.”

In the WCDMA/HSPA evolutionary path, HSPA Evolution has become a proven step. Today, HSPA has been commercially launched in 80 countries on all continents and in 185 networks. Ericsson helps these operators to move smoothly toward HSPA Evolution as the company has already installed ninety of these networks.

The improved speed is expected to help operators meet growing consumer appetite for advanced multimedia services by leveraging existing network infrastructure. The demonstration will be made using a handheld form-factor device based on Ericsson Mobile Platforms access technology.

Ericsson's WCDMA/HSPA Radio Access Network solutions offer a unique way for HSPA Evolution. RBS 3000 family of Ericsson base stations supports both HSPA Evolution and LTE (News - Alert). The RBS 6000 series, which is a next-generation radio base station family and recently launched by Ericsson, provides enhanced multi-standard solution that supports GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA Evolution and LTE, all in a single package.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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