Alcatel officially inaugurated its 3G Reality Centre in Stuttgart, Germany today. This facility, which has been operational since June of this year, is the first end-to-end, fully open 3G/UMTS mobile facility in Germany and a new member to Alcatel's worldwide 3G Reality Centre program. This global network of state-of-the-art 3G Reality Centres is offering its partners a unique live and comprehensive 2.5G/GPRS and 3G/UMTS end-to-end environment for the development, testing, validation and promotion of advanced mobile data applications and services.
Dr. Walter Dring, Minister of Economic Affairs in Baden-Wurtenberg, officiating at the launch ceremony, has personally experienced 3G mobile telephony and discovered the difference broadband makes. A live mobile videophony call established between Kuala Lumpur and Stuttgart has given him, in particular, the unique opportunity to see in real time the Malaysian person he was speaking to as well as the Petronas towers in the background, the world's tallest buildings.
"The Alcatel initiative is a key step to help further strengthen the position of Baden-Wurtemberg as a main Telecommunication and IT region," says Dr. Walter Dring, Minister of Economic Affairs in Baden-Wurtenberg. "Broadband technologies - whether wireline or wireless - play a key role for the future development."
At today's opening, visitors were also able to experience mobile applications and services such as web browsing, access to online information, images and video transfer or downloading, TV streaming, interactive online game, and even a live video call between two cars - all while on the move.
The Alcatel 3G Reality Centre in Stuttgart is intended to foster the development and testing of some of the most exciting mobile applications and services. It enables the mobile community in Germany and in Europe to investigate the potential of such next generation mobile multimedia and data solutions from GPRS to UMTS. This is a key factor to support the successful commercial roll out of 3G.
This live and comprehensive environment is already attracting partners, big and small, from the fields of application development, content creation and handset design.
In Germany, amongst others, PTV AG, a company providing software, consulting and research for travel, traffic and transportation planning in the B2B field, is testing its NaviGuide application already available via GSM or GPRS. With 3G/UMTS, it will become in the near future even more powerful and colourful. To achieve that, PTV is able to capitalise on the high quality and coverage of the 3G/UMTS network Alcatel has set up in Stuttgart. It allows testing of the new mobile applications in an area of roughly 10 square kilometres. In addition the network features highly stable voice and data connections with data rates reaching 384 kbps and speeds of up to 120 kilometres per hour
"We are making progress every day and achieving significant milestones with 3G technology, applications and services," declared Marc Rouanne, President of Alcatel's Mobile Networks activities. "The 3G Reality Centre in Stuttgart is providing Alcatel and the German wireless community with invaluable experience and learning opportunities that are paving the way to successfully roll out 3G services in Europe and in the World."