LAS VEGAS--Japanese telecom KDDI has completed testing of a third-generation phone network, Qualcomm CEO Dr. Irwin Jacobs announced Tuesday at the CTIA show in Las Vegas. People who use the KDDI system, which uses Qualcomm's chips, were able to receive streaming video, browse the Web and e-mail at third-generation speeds of 2.4 megabits per second. Jacobs said more testing is needed before any commercial launch.
Also completing tests of Qualcomm 3G chips was Korea Telecom Freetel, in Korea, Jacobs said. The telecom plans to launch a commercial 3G service to major cities in Korea during the second quarter of next year, Jacobs said. 3G is the next generation of cell phones, which are capable of receiving both voice and data at wired Internet speeds.