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Nokia backs 700MHz next-gen wireless in US

updated 02:10 pm EDT, Wed August 8, 2007

Nokia Backs 700MHz

Nokia and its Nokia Siemens Networks label today officially put its weight behind the open access rules for the 700MHz band auction in the US, explaining that the need for any winning bidder to expand the network and support any device will play into the company's newer wireless technology: Nokia Siemens Networks already has a base station system for cellular towers that already supports 4G speeds through WiMAX and could easily be adapted to future 700MHz connections, the company said.

Nokia did not announce its intent to produce phones that could latch on to any future networks but is expected to do so once a standard is in place and the frequency is abandoned by analog TV in 2009. The auction is set to take place in early 2008 and is heavily contested by Google as well as major cellphone carriers in the country, all of which are hoping to use the much longer range promised by 700MHz for future cellphones or other wide-area Internet connections.

by MacNN Staff




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