LinkAir tests first post-3G phone technology

LinkAir tests first post-3G phone technology.

LinkAir Communications, a developer of wireless technology, has completed its first outdoor call using a new, third-generation 3G technology it hopes will become the de facto telecommunications standard for delivering high-speed internet applications to mobile phones.

Beijing-based LinkAir, which is backed by heavyweight venture capitalists such as the Carlyle Group, claims its technology reduces interference between cells, enhances capacity and delivers data at speeds many times faster than 3G networks currently under development.

The technology, called LAS-CDMA large area synchronized code division multiple access uses a new coding technology to expand voice coverage and data speeds over existing 2G networks 20-fold to more than 5 megabits per second. That's more than...

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