QUALCOMM congratulates Monet Mobile, a Seattle-based wireless Internet Service Provider, on its launch of the first commercial CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network in the United States.
"Monet's CDMA2000 1xEV-DO launch in Duluth marks the debut in the United States of commercial broadband wireless data services, supporting fixed and mobile wireless Internet access at multi-megabit peak rates. Residences, businesses and schools now have a cost-competitive alternative to wired broadband," said Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, chairman and CEO of QUALCOMM, who participated in today's launch event. "This initiative by Monet is a major step toward bridging the digital divide by introducing reliable and affordable wireless Internet access to underserved communities in rural and urban regions."
For a flat monthly rate, Monet Broadband offers high-speed, mobile access to the complete Internet, enabling streaming video, multimedia, position-location services, e-mail, and secure access to corporate intranets and databases. Monet's Broadband network is accessible through a modem card that is compatible with desktops, laptops and handheld PCs. The combination of mobility, network speed and device flexibility allows Monet to offer residential users and small businesses an alternative to Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and cable. QUALCOMM supports CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology with chipsets and system software that offer a variety of advanced features, such as multimedia and position-location technologies.
The commercial launch of Monet Broadband in Duluth expands Monet's service area in the heartland of America. In November, Monet Broadband will also be available in Moorhead, Minn., Superior and Eau Claire, Wis., Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D., and Sioux Falls, S.D.
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO was officially recognized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as an IMT-2000 third-generation standard. CDMA2000 1xEV-DO enables high-speed wireless services by allowing "always on" data to be sent over Personal Communication Service (PCS) and cellular wireless networks at speeds up to 2.4 Mbps, comparable to DSL or cable modems, at a lower cost-per-byte than any other 3G technology available today.