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Lucent, Sprint Conducting Wireless Trial

Lucent Technologies and Sprint PCS Thursday announced plans to conduct trials of a third-generation wireless data solution.

First trials of the code division multiple access high-speed wireless technology is scheduled to begin this summer at the Sprint PCS Technology Integration Center based in Lenexa, Kansas.

The pair intends to test the technology in a real-world environment to determine the impact that the wireless programming advancement could have on the mobile Internet market segment.

Lucent and Sprint PCS hope to verify that their technology is capable of attaining 2.4-megabit per second data speeds over Lucent's wireless network platform. The trials will also test the functionality and network impact of a wide range of applications enabled by the mobile Internet.

Oliver Valente, Sprint PCS vice president of technology and advanced systems development, said the test demonstrates its commitment to provide mobile Internet users with leading-edge technology and wireless data solutions.

"Sprint PCS continues to work with Lucent and other leading vendors to refine standards under the DMA 2000 umbrella to ensure robust industry support for the full range of CDMA evolution options," Valente said.

Recently, the CDMA Development Group submitted the 1xEV specification to a global standards organization, the Third Generation Partnership Project 2. The first phase of 1xEV is optimized for packet data services at speeds up to 2.4 megabit per second based on current Internet protocols. It can also provide even greater voice capacity in a 1.25 MHz channel.

The 1xEV specification is designed as an extension to the existing CDMA third generation standard and provides a complementary solution to second generation technologies by allowing service providers to protect their current wireless and PCS network infrastructure investments as they evolve into serving high-speed wireless applications.

Lucent's wireless network platform includes the Flexent CDMA Modular Cell base station. The commercially available system, which supports second generation wireless data standards, and can be upgraded easily to support the promising 1xEV standards.

Bill Wiberg, Lucent president of cellular and personal communications services, said 1xEV adds high-speed IP-based wireless Internet access that complements current wire-free voice and data technology.

"With 1xEV's superior capacity and performance, operators like Sprint PCS can truly meet the needs of the evolving mobile Internet," Wiberg said.

Data transport services and devices limit current wireless access to the Internet in the U.S. According to eTForecasts only a miniscule 2 percent of the Internet users in the U.S. go online using wireless Web access.

But in the next five years, the growth of wireless Web appliances will make a dramatic change. By the end of 2005, eTForecasts estimate that 55 percent of Internet users in the U.S. will be using web appliances for part of their online activities, if advancements are made in developing third generation wireless networks and devices.

Egil Juliussen, eTForecasts president said any high-speed wireless tests in the U.S. is good news, but the nation remains far behind Europe and Japan on wireless developments.

"Any third generation wireless test is good news, but we're still behind Japan and Europe," Juliussen said. "Japan is clearly 1 to 2 years ahead of the U.S. in wireless services and systems."

Juliussen added that there is a multitude of reasons why the U.S., normally a technology leader, remains behind the eight ball on wireless systems.

"The U.S. does not have one wireless standard like Europe a