ASCOT, England -- Lucent Technologies Inc.'s Microelectronics Group today announced interoperability testing of its Sceptre chip set and Optimay software with Nokia Networks' infrastructure equipment for General Packet Radio Services (GPRS). According to Lucent, the GPRS tests have been running successfully since December in Nokia's test labs in Oulu, Finland.
The GPRS format is a packet overlay for existing Global Systems for Mobile (GSM) cellular phone networks. The GRPS standard has been designed to enable fast, cost effective wireless access to the Internet. The interoperability tests are using handsets based on Lucent's chip set and Optimay protocol stack software with Nokia's GPRS equipment.
"Testing interoperability is critical for the industry and should be an on-going process for all manufacturers to ensure that different GPRS solutions work together," urged Moni Malek, vice president of GSM engineering at Optimay, which was acquired by Lucent in 1998. "This testing will give network operators more flexibility and allow greater freedom for the end user."