Mary Chan, a Lucent vice president, said in a statement that the development "paves the way for the deployment in China," where it will compete with a large number of other cell phone network equipment makers.
The Lucent software, known as(HSDPA), is an add-on for cell phone operators already outfitted with "3G," or third-generation, networks but still without the bandwidth needed to sell high quality voice and video, and high-speed Internet services.
While currently available handsets support downloads of only 1.8mbps, Lucent says, its HSDPA software reaches speeds of 7.6mbps, which rivals high-speed Net services from cable companies.
China's China Netcom, which hosted the recently concluded Lucent tests, is a likely candidate to buy the software, although Lucent didn't disclose details about potential or current customers. European operators Orange and O2 have also expressed interest in HSDPA gear.
Cell phone handset makers, equipment providers and investors are focused onbecause of that market's enormous economic potential. China already has more cell phone subscribers than any other country, yet the cell phone infrastructure there covers a relatively small percentage of the population.