Real Time Communications Industry News

[August 19, 2005]

Verizon, Lucent Combine for EV-DO Industry First

Verizon Wireless and Lucent are claiming a live over-the-air first.
TMCnet CRM Alert Columnist
Verizon Wireless and Lucent Technologies have announced the completion of the wireless industry's first, live, over-the-air calls using CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A technology.
Now you can see why we couldn't put the name of the technology in the headline.
The two companies plan to conduct a more extensive technology trial in early 2006, which will include the delivery of Voice over IP and the exciting-sounding, if a bit vague "blended lifestyle" services and simultaneous multimedia applications that combine voice, data and video capabilities such as video telephony.

Basically it allows VoIP and simultaneous multimedia applications.
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A is an enhanced version of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO that, according to Lucent officials, "increases the efficiency, data speeds and capacity of existing EV-DO networks" in that CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A enables users to receive data (forward link) at speeds of theoretically up to 3.1 Megabits per second, and send data (reverse link) at speeds of theoretically up to 1.8 Mbps.
These increased reverse link data speeds reduce data latency, and should let operators -- such as Verizon Wireless -- deliver VoIP and other multimedia services on CDMA2000 networks in the future.
Mike Iandolo, Mobility Access Solutions vice president and general manager for Lucent Technologies says that in Lucent's estimation, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A is a technology which service providers can use to offer "new revenue-generating services," and make "more efficient use of spectrum resources to deliver multimedia."
Lucent's CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A infrastructure will be commercially available in 2006. But we know what you're thinking: "What the heck is a blended lifestyle?"
According to Sandip Mukerjee, Lucent's vice president business strategy, end users want "services that complement their lifestyle, allowing them to communicate how, when and with whom they choose, regardless of the device they are using."
The ones that can do this are called "blended lifestyle applications," according to Mukerjee becoming more popular "as an increasing number of employees work from home, from remote office locations, or from the road. As enterprise mobility increases, the delineation between subscribers as business professionals and as consumers has blurred."
These individuals, which Mukerjee calls "prosumers," have "a growing expectation for a communications experience that combines voice, video, data, and multimedia applications seamlessly across a range of devices."
David Sims is contributing editor for TMCnet. For more articles by David Sims, please visit:

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