Yet Another CDMA
Nokia is working on a new flavor of CDMA designed to allow W-CDMA and cdma2000 to interoperate. Dubbed G-WCDMA, Nokia is targetting the new standard at the US market where cdma2000 is launched and W-CDMA is non-existant. Details of how G-WCDMA operates are vague except that it is dependent on spectrum that is scheduled to be auctioned off in 2004. Such interoperablity could allow new roaming agreements that are technically impossible today. And of course Nokia would be first to market with G-WCDMA handets which it could sell to both W-CDMA and cdma2000 carriers. Like Intel who is motivated by new chip sales, all of Nokia’s moves are motivated by new handset sales.