Nokia Demos IPv6 Dual-Stack CDMA Handset, again

Nokia Demos IPv6 Dual-Stack CDMA Handset, again


Nokia yesterday demonstrated the “first” wireless IPv6 call by using the company’s dual-stack CDMA handset. The dual-stack IPv6 technology was put to the test over a year ago in 2003 at the 3G World Congress in Bangkok.

I really am confused as to why they are re-announcing this IPv6 call again, as the first. According to their 2003 press release they completed a dual-stack trial achieving peak speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps using a modified Nokia 2285 handset with an upgraded CDMA 2000 1xEV-DV chipset.

Nokia is always up to something, but this announcement makes no sense to repeat a year later; unless this has been done with a production version handset that they are not telling us about (unlike the prototype used in 2003), Nokia’s media has failed to respond to our inquiries on this dual-stack CDMA handset. Both press releases; current and 2003s to follow.

See press release below.

Nokia Demonstrates Industry’s First Mobile IPv6 call

Mobility Protocol Offers Global Reachability with Seamless, ‘Always-On’ Connectivity

November 16, 2004, Hong Kong – At the 3G World Congress Convention and Exhibition taking place this week in Hong Kong, Nokia displayed its CDMA technology leadership by demonstrating the industry’s first Mobile IPv6 call using Nokia’s CDMA Dual-Stack handset. The demonstration highlights real-time streaming video with seamless handoff between two CDMA access networks using Mobile IPv6. Mobile IPv6 is a mobility protocol for IPv6 enabled handsets providing always-on capabilities and seamless mobility.

Mobile IPv6 provides seamless mobility for next generation mobile services and applications by enabling terminals to maintain their IP connectivity as they move across networks with different access technologies. Additionally, Mobile IPv6 provides route optimization techniques to reduce handoff latencies.

IPv4 has been an overwhelming success, however, the current IPv4 protocol has encountered a growing list of challenges, including the scarcity of new Internet IPv4 addresses. This is particularly an issue in emerging Internet markets where the number of users continues to grow rapidly. Some operators have worked around this address limitation by using network address translation (NAT). While NAT offers operators a workable solution in client/server-based Internet applications, NAT is far less usable in the peer-to-peer world of mobile communications and greatly limits the deployment of innovative network applications and services.

“IPv6 is the next-generation of the internet protocol and has many advantages over IPv4 both for the network operators and the end-users,” says Adam Gould, VP Technology Management and Planning, Nokia CDMA. “IPv6 allows the deployment of millions of always-on, IP enabled devices, each with it’s own unique IP address. Additionally, Mobile IPv6 provides seamless mobility across access technologies (e.g CDMA, WCDMA , WLAN) and is a powerful enabler for the next generation of services such as peer-to-peer services, push services and Voice over IP (VoIP) which demand always-on global reachability and seamless mobility.”

Mobile IPv6 provides enhanced security and route-optimization techniques to reduce handoff latencies for real-time services. . Mobile IPv6, along with fast-handoffs and context transfer mechanisms will be essential for the large scale deployment of real-time services such as VoIP and broadcast services.

Nokia supports dual-stack IPv4/IPv6/Mobile IPv6 in the terminals and the network, eliminating the need for NAT/PT mechanisms. By ensuring seamless interworking between IPv6 and IPv4 systems, Nokia enables service providers to deliver a broad range of quality services during the transition to IPv6.

Nokia has been the industry leader in the development of IETF IPv6 and Mobile IPv6 standards, and other Internet protocols required for seamless mobility. Nokia is the industry leader in the definition and standardization of fast handoffs and context transfer mechanisms, working closely with key industry partners to enable and support this technology.

Nokia offers a glimpse of the wireless future at CDG’s 3G World Congress

Nokia demonstrates streaming over cdma2000 1xEV-DV and world’s first dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 handset

November 5th, 2003, BANGKOK – During the eighth annual CDMA Development Group’s (CDG) 3G World Congress in Bangkok, Nokia is demonstrating its expertise in CDMA technology with two new technologies designed to ensure the success of next generation wireless services. Nokia’s exhibition of CDMA technology includes a live video stream received over a cdma2000 1xEV-DV network and a prototype of the world’s first dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 handset. Additionally, Nokia is showcasing its growing lineup of cdma2000 1X handsets, including the ultra-compact Nokia 3105 phone and the Nokia 6225 camera phone.

The streaming video demonstration is being performed at peak speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps using a test set based on a commercially available Nokia 2285 handset upgraded with a Nokia cdma2000 1xEV-DV chipset and a Racal Instruments Wireless Solutions Group 1xEV-DV base station emulator. Along with applications such as streaming video downloads, 1xEV-DV technology also offers end-users new services such as videoconferencing, interactive online gaming and remote presentations. For wireless operators following a CDMA evolution path, 1xEV-DV technology offers dynamic network flexibility to balance voice and data traffic for the most efficient usage of limited spectrum.

Nokia’s demonstration of streaming video marks a significant milestone for 1xEV-DV for the companies currently working on this technology. “Texas Instruments commends Nokia’s demonstration of 1xEV-DV technology, which will bring new, exciting services to end users and a compelling 3G evolution path to CDMA carriers. By working with companies like Nokia and others on this technology development, we are contributing to a successful future for 1xEV-DV,” said John McDonough, general manager of the CDMA chipset business for Texas Instruments, one of the leading contributors to 1xEV-DV technology.

Nokia is also demonstrating the world’s first dual stack IPv4/IPv6 CDMA handset prototype at the 3G World Congress. As Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses are rapidly being depleted, and will soon be supplemented by Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) addresses, this handset reflects the future for advanced Internet-connected mobile devices. By using the dual-stack approach, interoperability between IPv4 and IPv6 systems is possible, allowing service providers to continue offering advanced services during the transition to IPv6.

The growing lineup of Nokia cdma2000 1X phones is being highlighted as part of the show activities, including the Nokia 2200 Series phone, the Nokia 3105 phone and the Nokia 6225 phone. The Nokia 2200 Series CDMA handsets offer an attractive blend of style and value, and are currently selling in the rapidly growing China and India markets. The Nokia 3105 phone boasts an ultra-compact size, color screen and Java(TM) technology. Nokia’s first CDMA camera phone, the Nokia 6225 handset, combines an extra-large keypad, color screen and a built-in FM radio.