Nokia and Sierra Wireless collaborate on HSDPA

By Derek Sooman on
Nokia has entered into an agreement of cooperation with the Canadian wireless solutions provider Sierra Wireless. The aim of the agreement is to work to develop and promote end-to-end High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) WCDMA (UMTS) solutions.

Under the terms of the agreement, Nokia's Networks business group and Sierra Wireless would work together to conduct early technical and market trials for their respective HSDPA products: the Sierra Wireless AirCard 850 and AirCard 860 wireless wide area network cards, Nokia's HSDPA infrastructure equipment, and related software.

The purpose of the cooperation is to jointly market the HSDPA solution to key global network operator customers, according to Nokia.

HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) is an enhancement to the WCDMA 3G technology that increases the downlink speed by applying different modulation and coding techniques as well as multiple antennas. Faster download speeds of up to 1.8 Mb/s will become available.

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