Novatel releases HSPA modems, software to boost data speed

Novatel Wireless launched two new HSPA modems, one for the European market and one for North America. The modems offer peak download speeds of 7.2 Mbps.

The company also introduced what it calls an industry-first network traffic prioritization software that enhances the speed and performance of its wireless broadband modems. The solution, called NovaSpeed and is patent-pending, is capable of a 400 percent speed and performance boost while enabling simultaneous upload and download data transfer.

Brad Weinert, president of Novatel Wireless, says the software is part of a way the company can differentiate itself from competitors. “Hardware form factors are great, but there is only so much you can do to differentiate that way,” he said.
By enabling the modem to monitor network conditions and regulate the concurrent uploads and downloads in real time, NovaSpeed enables the user to run multiple applications simultaneously. NovaSpeed is the technology that Novatel and AutoNet Mobile announced they will use to provide a nationwide CDMA EV-DO Rev.

A infrastructure to connect vehicles to the Web, turning automobiles into traveling WiFi hotspots of sorts. AutoNet developed an in-vehicle module for the service. The two companies are working with auto manufacturers and after-market OEMs to get the technology distributed more widely.