Vendors claim fastest HSDPA data call
Wireless vendor giants Nortel Networks and Qualcomm completed the first high-speed downlink packet access, or HSDPA, mobile data calls achieving speeds of 7.2 Mb/s — data rates that are as much as four times faster than most current fixed broadband connections, according to Nortel.
The tests were conducted in Europe covering all frequencies used by UMTS operators worldwide and used a Nortel base station and a handset designed by Qualcomm, Nortel said in a statement.
Typical data rates for GPRS networks are 20 kb/s to 30 kb/s, while wideband-CDMA networks can achieve speeds of 150 kb/s, according to Nortel. With the HSDPA technology tested, data rates for mobile users probably would range from just under 200 kb/s to 1 Mb/s, depending on the load of the cell site, the company said.