Ericsson continues to break the ground for WCDMA, HSDPA. At the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, Ericsson is demonstrating 9 Mbps high-speed data downloads, and streaming applications over the air. This is the first time that HSDPA phase 2, implemented in a live WCDMA system, based on commercial products, is being demonstrated. With the evolution of WCDMA, Ericsson stays true to its established tradition of supplying future proof products based on cutting edge technology.

Ericsson has now taken the next step towards a full implementation of HSDPA. This is the first time that the second generation of receivers combined with high-speed optimized modulation over a larger HSDPA channel, implemented in a live HSDPA system based on commercial products, is being demonstrated. HSDPA phase 2, increases the WCDMA system capacity and allow for peak rates up to 14 Mbps.

Ericsson's HSDPA system has been up and running since June 2004 and Ericsson has since then been committed to numerous customer trials and demonstrations. At the China PT Expocomm in October 2004, Ericsson demonstrated the first phase of the HSDPA implementation, which enabled a system data throughput of 4.9 Mbps, which will be commercially available in the second half of 2005. This was the first time that a live HSDPA system, based on commercial products, capable of running traffic over the air was demonstrated at a public Telecom trade show.

Ericsson WCDMA with HSDPA will, in line with terminal availability, be introduced on the market in a phased manner.

With the world first demonstration of HSDPA phase 2 Ericsson continues to leads the way towards full speed WCDMA, HSDPA.

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Eva Sparr, Ericsson Communications
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