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TRANSMISSION: Pannon and Nokia make Europe's first public EDGE call
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 14.05.03 - 18:44:55 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 6666x
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Pannon GSM Telecommunications Plc today conducted Hungary's first public EDGE call by a mobile operator, the first such call to be announced in Europe. The call was made using Nokia's solution for EDGE technology, which significantly increases mobile data rates, enabling 3G-type of services and improved quality for 2G services.

The call, which was conducted at the Kempinski Hotel in Budapest, demonstrated the enhanced speed for accessing data made possible by EDGE. Pannon GSM's chief technology officer, Jozsef Huszlicska, used the Nokia 6220 EDGE terminal to make the call.

In addition to cooperating on the EDGE call, Nokia and Pannon have signed an agreement for Nokia to provide EDGE infrastructure for a trial launch in Budapest in the third quarter 2003. Under the agreement, Nokia will provide Pannon with EDGE network equipment and related implementation services. This will enable Pannon to be prepared to extend the benefits of the EDGE technology to its customers in the near future. By upgrading existing GSM network elements to be EDGE capable, Pannon will greatly enhance user experiences with mobile services, while leveraging the most from its current network investment.
Nokia has been Pannon's primary supplier of GSM network equipment since the Hungarian operator launched its network in 1993.

The EDGE call with Pannon follows on recent EDGE calls by DTAC in Thailand and Smart in the Philippines made with Nokia equipment. Nokia has to date delivered EDGE-ready hardware to 35 operators globally.

Like HSCSD and GPRS, EDGE (Enhanced Data-Rates for GSM Evolution) is also using several bundled channels which allows EDGE a transmission up to 59,2 KBit/s per channel which could be 473,6 KBit/s by using all 8 available channels.

Wow, that's not so bad however I wonder which carrier will invest into EDGE anymore? There are several reasons not to introduce EDGE:

  • EDGE requires a complete new backend infrastructure beside the already existing GPRS and the coming 3G infrastructure. As we know, the financial envelope of carriers isn't that good anymore to invest into a 3rd data technology while the first one (GPRS) still isn't accepted by customers and the second one (3G/UMTS) is so expensive to implement.
  • I haven't heard about any other handsets then the Nokia handsets to support EDGE. A wide range of of terminals is always mission critical to launch a service successful (see WAP, i-mode in Europe and Vodafone live!) before.
  • 3GSM launches are so close, why to introduce another technology? GPRS in its best is even enough to fulfill today's user requirements outside of 3G hotspots.

Well, I don't get the message why Pannon as well as 35 other carriers still invests into EDGE :?: Maybe someone from Nokia can bring some light into it :idea:

Cheers ~ Arne

Related Links : [Pannon GSM] [Nokia Networks]


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