Mexican mobile operator Iusacell has launched a new mobile internet browser for users of its CDMA2000 1xEV-DO services. The i-Web browser will be pre-installed in all new Iusacell EV-DO handsets, offering a free trial of the service for a limited period, after which they must pay to upgrade to the full application, which will bewith the full version downloadable from Iusacell’s BREW catalogue of products. I-Web users will have access to a wide range of new multimedia services and applications including real-time TV (IusaTV), location-based services (Ubicacel), real-time video monitoring (Iusacam) and 3D games.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Iusacell teamed up with Lucent to deploy 3G 1xEV-DO technology on its CDMA networks in Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara in April 2005. Under the deal, Lucent upgraded all existing Lucent-supplied base stations in the areas, allowing the telco to provide 3G data services at theoretical speeds of up to 2.4Mbps. The first commercial 3G services were made available to users of Iusacell and its sister cellco Unefon in August 2005. It currently offers data downloads at average speeds of 500kbps.