Nokia today introduced its first ever Long Term Evolution (LTE) capable internet modem, which is based on Nokia’s own LTE modem technology development. It is designed to be used in industry trials which will help the development of LTE. It is also backwards compatible with the GSM/EDGE/WCMDA networks of today. Project Manager Jani Maenpaa said,"Nokia is committed to supporting industry activities aimed at maturing LTE technology to enable the first commercial networks to launch in 2010.Nokia is a founding member in the LTE/SAE Trial Initiative (LSTI) and carries out interoperability testing with a number of network vendors, collaborates with measurement equipment manufacturers and is ready to support operators with their LTE deployment activities. The Nokia Internet Modem RD-3 is used in all these activities." RD3 is available to use with LTE together with other various network vendors, operators and measurement equipment manufacturers.
Long Term Evolution is considered a major step in the direction of providing wireless IP-based real-time multimedia services for consumers, providing the benchmark for high data rates and low response times. RD-3 supports interoperability with GSM/EDGE and WCDMA/HSPA to make the most out of the global GSM and WCDMA reach right from the start. The Nokia Internet Modem RD-3 also supports multiple LTE frequency bands so is able to meet operators’ deployment plans across many different countries and regions.
LTE will be a major step towards providing rich wireless IP-based real-time multimedia services for the consumer.At present Nokia has not released its picture or price but says that ‘when LTE launches, our modem will be ready to use it!" Unfortunately, we have to wait till the release as it is capable of supporting the LTE frequency bands so will be able to meet operators development plans and assist in achieving them across many counties and regions.