Worlds first WCDMA/HSDPA 900MHz live network trial

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 14-Nov-2006 18:20

Nokia and Finnish telecom operator Elisa have carried out the world's first WCDMA/HSDPA data call on the 900 MHz band in a commercial network.

Vodafone NZ are planning on deploying the same solution here next year.

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Comment by juha, on 14-Nov-2006 19:32

The 900 MHz band can provide 2-4 times larger coverage area than the most commonly used 2 GHz band, 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. Finland is among the first countries that have allowed WCDMA 3G operation at 900 MHz band.

And TelstraClear used 850MHz. Hmm. Doesn't say anything about the performance though.

Comment by johnr, on 14-Nov-2006 19:58

Performance will be the same

Author's note by sbiddle, on 14-Nov-2006 19:59

You mean Telstra used 850MHz? They didn't have any other choice - unlike Vodafone who own all the 900MHz GSM spectrum in NZ the obvious choice in Oz was the 850MHz band because they already had existing management rights.

The 900MHz band in Oz has 3 GSM networks running so Telstra went with the 850MHz spectrum which already had devices available because of the USA rollouts unlike 900 WCDMA which doesn't have any devices available yet.

Comment by Jama, on 15-Nov-2006 09:51

Just proves how backwards the whole GSM camp really is. You would be gutted if you were a carrier who contributed to the 30b quid paid for 2.1GHz licenses.

And people mock CDMA! At least CDG had the foresight to use existing 800MHz TDMA band.

GSM could have acquired the 450MHz band in Europe left over from NMTS. Oh well CDMA won that one.

Author's note by sbiddle, on 15-Nov-2006 17:14

>Just proves how backwards the whole GSM camp really is. You would be >gutted if you were a carrier who contributed to the 30b quid paid for
>2.1GHz licenses.

I disagree entirely. In Europe the simple fact is the 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrums are already chocka full, the 800MHz spectrum was sold off by most countries after the ETACS networks where shut down and is now being used for the European wide TETRA network and the 450MHz Nordic networks were only available in a few countries and have had similair spectrum selloffs.

2100MHz was the obvious choice for a new cellular frequency. I think the only regret those companies have is the amount of money paid paid for the spectrum. There is no way that those networks could have survived without the extra capacity that 2100MHz 3G networks have given them. Try walking down Oxford St on a Sunday afternoon a couple of years ago with a GSM phone and you either get overloaded messages or crap voice quality due to the sites aotomatically switching to the HR codec.

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*VoIP (Voice over IP). I work with various brands of hardware and PBX's on a daily basis
  -Asterisk (incl PiaF, FreePBX, Elastix)

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