Motorola Provides 64Kbps High Speed Wireless Internet Access On cdmaOne Networks
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 29, 1999--Motorola
Inc.'s Network Solutions Sector (NSS) said today its high-speed
wireless Internet access for its cdmaOne(tm) networks will be
launched commercially for the first time in Japan on Jan. 7, 2000.
This capability based on the cdmaOneTIA/EIA-IS-95B standard,
allows subscribers to access the Internet at speeds up to 64Kbps.
The technology currently is being trialed. DDI Corp. and IDO Corp.
of Japan are the first operators to deploy this advanced
technology from Motorola.
Motorola NSS's high-speed wireless Internet access provides unique
advantages for both the wireless operator and the consumer because
it is the first to offer packet data implementation that provides
the operator with the "dormant mode" feature. This feature ensures
the most efficient use of the available radio frequency (RF)
spectrum, which means that the consumer benefits by being billed
only for the active portion of packet data calls. Dormant mode is
the capability for the network to automatically release RF and
voice and data traffic channel resources when not in use to
transfer data between the subscriber and the network. Besides
saving on airtime billing, packet data's dormant mode extends
handset battery life.
"Adding to its traditional focus on voice communications, Japan's
cellular phone market has become more diverse to include data
communications and mail services," said IDO Corp. President
Satoshi Nakagawa. "Earlier this year, WAP service was offered,
enabling the use of Internet services including easy sending and
receiving of email and the browsing of web sites using only the
mobile handset. By including packet communications features and
WAP capability in all cdmaOne mobile models sold after the launch
of packet service, data communications in the mobile environment
will become that much more accessible and will serve to stimulate
growth in the demand for mobile computing," said Nakagawa.
"The theme of World Telecom '99 in Geneva in October focused on
Internet and mobile, and we could say that it symbolized the
future trend of the telecommunications market," said Tadashi
Onodera, DDI Corp. executive vice president. "For our strategy of
mobile, we cannot imagine the future evolution without the
combination or harmony with the Internet. Therefore, we have
positioned mobile and IP as a basic strategy of DDI group. The
mobile of the future will have both audio and visual capability,
and it is expected to be developed not only by phone but also
portable data equipment. We already adopted the service in
accordance with wireless application protocol (WAP), which allows
you to utilize the Internet service easily by portable phone over
our cdmaOne network. The 64Kbps high-speed packet data
communication service will offer a robust Internet environment.
The strategic meaning is huge," said Onodera.
The 64Kbps HSPD technology was demonstrated for the first time
Oct. 9-17 at World Telecom '99 in Geneva, Switzerland, at both the
DDI and Motorola booths.
"Motorola's move into 64Kbps HSPD technology is another
demonstration of the company's leadership and commitment to
delivering advanced data solutions to our customers," said Ronald
Hamma, vice president and general manager of NSS operations in
Japan. "These networks combine complex engineering of wireless, IP
and applications," said Hamma.
In Japan, which is the fastest growing market for wireless
Internet services in the world, millions of subscribers already
utilize circuit switched data services. The shift to high-speed
packet data with DDI's and IDO's 64Kbps network is expected to
accelerate this trend.
High-speed wireless Internet access provides a cost-effective
migration path to Third Generation (3G) data services and allows
cellular and personal communications services (PCS) operators the
opportunity to gain experience and expertise in the IP and
wireless data marketplace. A significant number of compelling
Internet applications are enabled with access speeds up to 64Kbps.
Operators do not need to wait for the deployment of 3G
technologies to begin offering 3G data services.
Many leading-edge IP applications can be supported for the first
time including: interactive games, web conferencing and thin
client computing. Of particular note is that the 64Kbps HSPD
network delivers audio streaming with near-CD quality.
"64Kbps data services can be enabled on operators' networks with a
software upgrade to the Motorola CDMA wireless network," said John
Cipolla, vice president and general manager of Motorola Inc.'s
CDMA Systems Division. "The 64Kbps services are made available
utilizing idle RF and channel capacity. Operators can offer higher
speed data services without affecting the grade of service that
they offer to their voice subscribers," said Cipolla.
Motorola NSS's high-speed wireless Internet access utilizes a
packet inter-working unit (IWU), developed jointly with 3Com
Corporation, that builds on the Circuit Switched IWU platforms
that operators have deployed this year. The packet IWU is based on
3Com's Total Control®(tm) Multiservice Access Platform. "We have been
working with Motorola for two years on the CDMA circuit switched
data and Quick Net Connect program," said Irfan Ali, senior vice
president and general manager, 3Com Carrier Systems Group. "By
leveraging this relationship and our expertise in wireless data
networking, we were able to quickly develop a cost-effective
packet IWU that will enable operators to provide advanced wireless
data services," said Ali.
DDI Corp. is the second largest total telecom carrier in Japan.
Established in June 1984, DDI Corp. operates eight regional
cellular companies that provide cdmaOne services, they also
provide TACS and personal Digital Communications (PDC) cellular
service. IDO Corp., established in March 1987, offers mobile phone
communication services to areas that reach out from the heart of
Tokyo and cover much of the central region of Honshu, the
principal island of Japan and the nation's most densely populated
Motorola NSS deployed its first cellular system, an analog TACS
network, in 1989 in Japan for DDI's Kansai Cellular Telephone Co.
in the Osaka region. The other seven DDI regions and IDO followed
later to provide nationwide coverage. In 1991, Motorola NSS
introduced NTACS (Narrowband TACS) into Japan when DDI began NTACS
service in Osaka and IDO later launched NTACS service in Tokyo and
In 1993, Motorola NSS began deploying PDC systems for the service
provider Tu-Ka at 1.5 GHz in the Tokyo and Tokai regions and at
800 MHz with DDI's Cellular telephone companies. Motorola NSS
completed the nationwide buildout of PDC in late 1996.
The massive, nationwide buildout in Japan of a CDMA digital
cellular communications network was completed earlier this year
with the scheduled commercial launch of state-of-the-art cellular
infrastructure designed, manufactured and installed by Motorola
(NSS). The Motorola NSS CDMA network also is known as cdmaOne.
The all-Motorola digital network, owned and operated by DDI and
IDO, will offer 98 percent coverage nationally to Japan's 126
Motorola, Inc. has been operating in Japan since opening its first
office in 1962 in Tokyo. Motorola NSS maintains sales, service and
engineering support facilities in Japan, as well as a 3G research
and development center.
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing
integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales
in 1998 were $29.4 billion. For more information about Motorola,
visit the web site at http://www.motorola.com/.
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