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May 25, 1999
Ericsson wins break in G3 technologyEricsson has been selected by NTT Docomo, the world's largest cellular operator, to deliver both WCDMA mobile phones and base station systems.
This represents an early breakthrough in 'third generation' mobile communications. Ericsson is leading the development of 3G.
The WCDMA mobile phones used in the 3G mobile systems will have multimedia capabilities, allowing wireless Internet access, as well as sending and receiving voice, data, still and moving images.
The third generation mobile systems can be viewed as the first generation truly mobile Internet.
''Ericsson is a driving force in technology standardisation being a leading part of industry initiatives like Bluetooth, EPOC, WAP and 3GPP. These technologies and 3G project together with the fact that we are far ahead in developing phones and terminals for WCDMA, put us in a unique and strong position,'' claimed Jan Ahrenbring, vice-president for marketing and communications of Ericsson Mobile Communications.
Furthermore, Ericsson has been selected to deliver WCDMA base station systems to NTT Docomo, which is part of the first agreement to deliver WCDMA infrastructure for commercial use.
For a user, these new base station systems enables wireless IP and other multimedia applications, efficiently combining a range of simultaneous datacom and telecom services at different speeds.
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