CDMA Suppliers Provide Wireless Subscribers in the Region
with Glimpse of CDMA 1X Capabilities
HONG KONG. Oct. 23, 2001 - During a ceremony at the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference, organized
by the U.S. Department of Commerce, in Shanghai, China, CDMA
equipment suppliers successfully demonstrated CDMA 1X data
calls paving the road for the eventual commercial deployment
of CDMA 1X technology in China.
"The CDG congratulates member companies
in China on reaching this milestone," said Perry LaForge,
executive director of the CDG. "The successful demonstrations
further positions CDMA as the leading technology in delivering
advanced wireless communications."
Using Lucent network equipment, the demonstrations showed
advanced wireless services transmitted at speeds of up to
153 kilobits per second (kbps), approximately 10 times faster
than what is available today. Before an audience which included
business and government leaders such as Samuel W. Bodman,
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce; Madam Yan Junqi Vice Mayor
of Shanghai; Wang Jianzhou, President of China Unicom; and
Jason Chi, Chairman and President of Lucent Technologies China,
Lucent's technical team demonstrated high speed Internet access,
video streaming, real-time stock quotes, and location-based
services using handheld PDAs and laptop computers.
"Lucent is honored to be working with leading carriers,
like China Unicom, on supporting the development of its CDMA
network," said Chi. "CDMA is the backbone technology
delivering advanced wireless services to market today, and
we look forward to seeing the continued deployment of commercial
services around the globe."
Currently more than 1.3 million CDMA 1X subscribers are already
experiencing such advanced services as wireless Web browsing,
mobile e-mail, and video streaming. In addition to data rates
of up to 153 kbps, CDMA 1X doubles voice capacity over previous
generation CDMA equipment.
The ceremony was also an opportunity to update the progress
China Unicom is making toward the construction of its nationwide
CDMA network. Wang Jianzhou, President of China Unicom informed
the audience that his company is on track to deploy a 15.1
million subscriber capacity network in over 300 Chinese cities
by the end of this year, just months after signing the initial
equipment contracts in May 2001.