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IPMobile enters mobile broadband market

Posted: 14 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ipmobile? td-cdma? imt-2000? mobile broadband?

IPMobile Inc. will enter the mobile broadband market using TD-CDMA, a 3rd generation IMT-2000 technology following the recommendation of the Radio Regulatory Council of the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to allocate the 2GHz spectrum to IPMobile. By introducing TD-CDMA, as well as a new business model, IPMobile will create a "mobile data communications market" in Japan.

IMT-2000 technologies currently used in Japan, cdma2000 and W-CDMA, have been developed mainly for voice usage. TD-CDMA is the IMT-2000 technology suited for high-speed mobile data communications, and has been deployed and commercially proven in more than 20 countries worldwide. IPMobile will be the first operator to implement TD-CDMA in Japan, and will combine the merits of the technology with an all-IP network to build an infrastructure that will serve as an important backbone for the next generation network society.

"We are very happy that our business plan and technology have won approval of the council. We are in a very responsible position to effectively utilize what is a precious resource of the Japanese people," said IPMobile President Itsuo Sugimura in response to today's Radio Regulatory Council's decision. He added that they are strongly committed to introducing new value to the market, and realize what could be considered the 'renaissance of the internet.'

A variety of high speed data communication terminals will be available including card-type, embedded, modem devices, and portable devices. Because TD-CDMA can support a large number of simultaneous connections, it allows for a low-cost flat-rate data communications service for terminals embedded in machines like vending machines, meters, and remote monitoring systems, as well as for vehicles. Modem devices will be provided to areas where fixed-line broadband connection is difficult and limited. Portable devices will act as a gateway, integrating TD-CDMA for a connection to the internet with WLAN/ Bluetooth connections to various digital equipment such as mp3 music players, portable games, digital cameras, etc.

IPMobile expects to introduce data communications services in Japan's three major cities, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, in October 2006, with nationwide coverage to follow by 2012. Upon initial launch in October 2006, IPMobile plans to offer a flat rate Mobile Broadband services with downlink speeds up to 5.2Mbps and uplink speeds up to 858Kpbs. Coverage will be planned according to regions where there is high demand of data communication services, and areas where there is low broadband penetration regions. The commercial rollout plan calls for 3,000 base stations to be deployed by year end 2007, 8,500 base stations by 2012.

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