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Novatel Accelerates HSPA-Modem Speeds

Las Vegas — Novatel is unveiling its two latest USB wireless-data modems to incorporate W-CDMA HSPA technology. 

The Ovation-series models, which operate in U.S. and foreign countries, will be the company’s first models to support Category 6 HSUPA upload speeds of a theoretical 5.76 Mbps when a firmware upgrade is available in the third quarter. They’re also the company’s first HSPA USB models with microSD card slot. For now, they support 7.2Mbps HSDPA downloads and 2.1Mbps HSPA uploads.

They’ll be available in the third quarter through tier-one carriers, the company said.

The MC992 operates in HSPA mode in the U.S.850/1900MHz bands and in GPRS and EDGE modes in the 850, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz bands. The MC990D operates in HSPA mode in foreign 900/2100MHz bands and in GPRS/EDGE mode in the foreign 900MHz band and U.S. 850/1900MHz bands.