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Huawei and Qualcomm complete Europe's first MBMS field trial

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Huawei and Qualcomm have jointly announced the completion of Europe's first MBMS (Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) field trial, carried out in conjunction with Telecom Italia. MBMS technology is based on 3GPP standards and supports multicast and broadcast services, allowing speeds of up to 256kbps on a mobile device.

The trial, which was conducted by means of Huawei's MBMS solution, together with handsets powered by Qualcomm's MSM7201A chipset demonstrated MBMS service deliveries of between 128kbps and 256 kbps under various indoor and outdoor MBMS channel conditions.

Test results also indicated that MBMS technologies, in some conditions, enable greater service reception and capacity than expected, thus enhancing MBMS' potential within the commercial network environment.

By utilising existing UMTS/HSPA networks and frequencies, MBMS technology promises to provide more value-added and innovative mobile multimedia multicast/broadcast and interactive services to end-users.

This technical trial was crucial in understanding the potential of MBMS technology to enable new multimedia multicast and broadcast services by utilising existing UMTS/HSPA networks and frequencies.

Steve Mollenkopf, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, said, "This milestone in the development of MBMS technology is important in bringing the benefits of mobile TV to wireless users with network operators being able to leverage their existing infrastructure. We are happy to be working with Huawei and Telecom Italia on bringing MBMS to market, and look forward to further accomplishments with this technology."

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