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Nortel Networks, QUALCOMM Complete 3GPP UMTS-Compliant 3G-to-2G Handover Calls PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 October 2002 and

Nortel Networks and QUALCOMM Incorporated announced that they have completed 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) UMTS- compliant third-generation to second-generation (3G-to-2G) handover calls in a lab environment using QUALCOMM user equipment and end-to-end 3GPP Wireless Data Network equipment from Nortel Networks.

The handoffs demonstrated networking capabilities that are designed to support global roaming and seamless voice services between different networks, cities, countries and operators, regardless of the type of handset used.

This was an important milestone in launching 3G networks. Operators will need to support their current subscriber base on both GSM and UMTS to offer uninterrupted service as they transition to 3G. Migrating to wireless data network technologies such as UMTS can position operators to boost capacity, and significantly reduce capital outlays and the cost of delivering traffic across their networks.

"This is a critical step in migrating to 3G," said Alain Biston, general manager, UMTS Networks, Nortel Networks. "3G-to-2G network handovers will enable operators to combine GSM and UMTS offerings to provide wide coverage right from the launch of their UMTS networks."

"The 3G-to-2G handoff capability demonstrated by these milestone calls is critical to enable the launch of 3G networks and allow seamless roaming onto existing 2G networks," said Don Schrock, president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies.

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