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Motorola's Zander Promotes Wireless Broadband, Push-To-Talk

CANNES, France -- Ed Zander, Motorola Inc.'s new chairman and CEO, promoted the technical advantages of the company's high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) technology as a means of expanding Motorola's role in the European wireless infrastructure sector.

During a briefing Tuesday at the 3GSM World Congress here, Motorola demonstrated what it said is a commercially ready mobile broadband product being evaluated by most of the continent's top network operators.

The demonstration is working at over 5Mbit/s and can provide sixteen 384 Kbit/s channels for transmitting high- definition TV and good quality streaming video over a 3G mobile network.

Ricky Watts, solutions marketing director for Motorola's Global Telecom Solutions Sector, told, "Because of the huge bandwidth it offers for new applications and services, almost all European operators are keenly interested in our HSDPA technology. On our 3G platforms, this promises to be relatively simple software upgrade for operators, unlike some other approaches being followed."

However, Watts agreed it is early for HSDPA as handsets capable of capturing these high speeds will not start appearing until a least the middle of next year.

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