Good News for Nortel!
So Mike Zee and co. will be thanking Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and its wireless business T-Mobile International AG today for giving Nortel's 4G mobile efforts a shot in the arm.
In a nutshell, T-Mobile has announced it has managed a live test of a mobile data session using next-generation LTE (long-term evolution) wireless technology from Nortel.
According to the two companies, "data was transmitted to and from a vehicle driving in Bonn between Deutsche Telekom's headquarters on the left side of the river Rhine and the T-Mobile headquarters on the river’s right bank."
That's a 4-kilometer stretch, in case you were wondering.
"Data transmission went smoothly without interruptions and without loss of quality even across different cells –- one of the most important prerequisites for qualification as a mobile communications network of the future," the two companies note.
That's good news for Nortel, because it gives its 4G developments more credibility just as it's looking for a partner, or buyer, to help "mitigate" the costs of developing a technology that won't deliver revenues for a few years yet. (See Nortel 4G Plans Up in the Air.)
It'll no doubt also make DT feel a bit more confident about its 4G service claims. (See DT's 4G Folly.)
— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading