Motorola, Brightstar opens Latin America's gateway to 3G

Motorola's NC800 Cellular Gateway will be introduced into Latin America through a distribution agreement with Brightstar, a distribution and supply chain solution provider serving the wireless industry.

With the Motorola Cellular Gateway and a service provided by a local mobile operator, users can wirelessly connect to the Internet via their computers wherever CDMA cellular coverage is available. 

In many countries where wired Internet connectivity is available, options are limited to telco-provided dial-up service with speeds averaging 28.8kb/s. Installation of residential telephone lines to accommodate broadband services, if available, can take weeks or even months, contributing to very low numbers of people connected to the Internet. In Latin America , for example, it is estimated that less than 12% of the population has Internet connectivity.

The Motorola Cellular Gateway is described as an opportunity for millions more to connect to the web. By combining Wi-Fi and cellular technologies, the Motorola Cellular Gateway provides a wireless Internet option to residential and small office users, letting them surf the web and download data at broadband speeds. Integrated networking and Wi-Fi within the Motorola Cellular Gateway allow multiple users to enjoy shared information and high-speed broadband access at the same time. In the home, for example, multiple family members can be working independently using different computers to complete online homework assignments, shop and catch up on e-mail. For small business owners and customers connecting to private networks, the Cellular Gateway?s integrated security and VPN pass-through features deliver connectivity with confidence that their data is protected.

The Motorola Cellular Gateway is being introduced in Latin America first of all. It is expected to be available in other regions of the world as additional distribution agreements are signed. This initial distribution agreement with Brightstar covers Central America , South America (excluding Brazil ), Mexico , Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. 

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