Ericsson's CDMA2000 1xEV-DO solution will support such 3G applications as streaming audio, video and data transfers. Deployment is expected to begin in Q1 2003 and the 1xEV-DO network is expected to be commercial by mid-2003.
 
"Vésper has an aggressive plan to roll out 3G data services across multiple Brazilian markets and we are committed to supporting them with our leading products and expertise in 3G services and applications," said Åke Persson, president of Ericsson Mobile Systems CDMA.


Offering peak data rates up to 2.4 Mbps in a standard 1.25 MHz carrier, with a minimum average throughput of 600 Kbps, Ericsson's CDMA2000 1xEV-DO solution is fully compliant with IS-856. It can be simply added to existing CDMA2000 radio base stations or overlaid on an existing CDMA network, enabling operators to provide customers with high speed Mobile Internet capabilities while efficiently utilizing radio spectrum.


"It is our goal to continuously provide advanced communications services for our customers. As the world leader in wireless technology, Ericsson is a significant and strategic resource in allowing Vésper to deliver 3G services and advanced data communications to our customers," said Luiz Kaufmann, president of Vésper.


"As the only supplier of systems for all major 2G (GSM, CDMA, TDMA), and 3G (EDGE, WCDMA/UMTS, CDMA2000) mobile standards, this agreement reaffirms a long-standing relationship with Vésper and we are proud to be chosen to supply 1xEV-DO in Rio," said Peter Källberg, president of Ericsson in Brazil.