Vodafone links with Motorola on UMTS

Vodafone links with Motorola on UMTS
Steve Bush Vodafone and Motorola are to run a joint UMTS third-generation mobile phone trial in the Newbury area. The announcement follows that of a Bristol trial involving operator Orange, Fujitsu and Ascend Cisco. Motorola will contribute handsets to the trial which are expected to be based on the Japanese NTT DoCoMo W-CDMA specification. These will be designed to provide capability for ISDN and packet data at 64kbit/s as well as basic call functionality. “This collaboration on third-generation mobile terminals represents a major step forward in our trials programme,” said David Channing-Williams, Vodafone’s managing director. Motorola expects to deliver the initial prototype handsets to Vodafone in June. Vodafone and Motorola will also simulate UMTS deployment options and analyse possible revenue streams for various traffic scenarios. Vodafone has already announced its intention to bid for a UK UMTS license when auctions take place in the coming year. UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) is the European proposal for the IMT-2000 family of third generation cellular mobile standards. All of these standards aim to provide the necessary bandwidth needed to mobile phone services to support voice, data and multimedia services. Commercial UMTS networks are expected from 2002.


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