The pair today formed a joint venture to develop and build new high-speed wireless equipment that will allow service providers to increase Net access speeds for mobile devices, such as cell phones and Palm handhelds.
The technology, called third-generation (3G) wireless, would boost current data transfer speeds from 14.4 kpbs (kilobits per second) to 144 kbps, allowing mobile device owners to receive Web content, such as stock quotes, faster.
Most cell phone service providers, who are using a standard called CDMA, are planning to upgrade their systems next year to support 3G wireless. The new wireless technology can also speed up wireless modems for laptop computers.
The joint venture hopes to release the technology by the first half of 2001. Alcatel will own two-thirds of the company, while Fujitsu owns the remaining share.