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Intel/Nokia Deal Gets Mixed Reactions

Responses to last week's news that Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) will partner with Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) on HSDPA modules have ranged from "this changes everything" to "Intel is in retreat."

Briefly, Nokia said on Thursday that it will supply an HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) module that Intel will include as part of its next-generation Centrino Duo platform. (See Nokia, Intel Bring 3G to Notebooks.) HSDPA, which is often referred to as "3.5G," runs over cellular networks and offers connection speeds around three times faster than 3G, while providing a much wider coverage area than WiFi.

"This collaboration is good news for notebook users," said Heikki Tenhunen, head of Nokia's connectivity module division, "as cellular technology offers superior connectivity and mobility for notebook and other portable device users."

Read the rest of this article at our sister site, Unstrung.

— Richard Martin, Senior Editor, Unstrung

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