Cingular's HSDPA 3G network gets a tough leg up

With two older names from the wireless biz standing up to the forefront of Cingular's emerging HSDPA wireless network, both Panasonic and Novatel have teamed together to produce a product for use on the high-speed HSDPA network Cingular is in the process of rolling out.

The Panasonic Toughbook rugged laptop computer, modem CF-18, features an embedded Novatel HSDPA solution for use on the Cingular BroadbandConnect 3G service available in certain Cingular markets nationwide. With Cingular's HSDPA network set to be available in most major markets by the end of 2006, this solution will surely not be the last integrated HSPDA notebook on the market.

Just like WiFi from five years ago is now standard in almost all notebook computers, expect high-speed data services like EV-DO from Sprint Nextel and Verizon Wireless and HSDPA from Cingular Wireless to have integrated solution options available in many mid-range and higher-end notebook computers in the next few years.

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