Elisa and Nokia make 3G call at 900MHz

14 Nov 2006

Finland’s Elisa Mobile and Nokia have teamed up to carry out the world’s first W-CDMA/HSDPA data call using a commercial network operating in the 900MHz band. The call was conducted in Elisa’s live network in Finland, and utilised Nokia’s Flexi W-CDMA Base Station with a special solution for sharing the site infrastructure of the existing GSM base station. Nokia says 900MHz spectrum can provide a coverage area between two and four-times larger than the 2GHz and 2.1GHz bands more commonly used for 3G services, thus reducing network deployment costs significantly especially in the rural areas. It also improves the availability of 3G services indoors due to better radio signal propagation characteristics, the company says. Finland is among the first countries to allow W-CDMA services in the 900MHz band and operators are examining the use of the spectrum to augment their existing W-CDMA/HSDPA networks.



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