DoCoMo unveils plan for Super 3G service

10 Jul 2006

Japan’s leading mobile operator by subscribers, NTT DoCoMo, has revealed a plan to start approaching equipment suppliers for the development of so-called ‘Super 3G’ base stations and handsets. The cellco says it will select one or more suppliers for each of these categories before the end of October 2006 and aims to complete the technology with the preferred suppliers before the end of 2009. The Super 3G standard is expected to deliver downstream connection speeds of over 100Mbps, and over 50Mbps uplink. The technology features highly advanced versions of high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) and high speed uplink packet access (HSUPA), which are W-CDMA packet transmission technologies standardized by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).