Siemens Networks, the indisputable #1 in EDGE with 125 public EDGE references,
today launched their downlink Dual Carrier EDGE software solution, ushering the
first steps of EDGE Evolution into Nokia Siemens Networks' GSM/EDGE radio
portfolio. This solution offers double data speeds of up to 592 Kbps to existing
EDGE-capable GSM networks, thus enabling a mobile broadband experience, such as
maintaining relationships in virtual societies, posting video clips to blogs in
real time or streaming the latest news in mobile TV.
Nokia Siemens Networks' Dual Carrier EDGE solution, which will be available
as a software upgrade from Q3 2008 onwards is the first step in evolving EDGE.
As a strong innovator of EDGE Evolution, Nokia Siemens Networks already has
additional plans to introduce in its networks the next substantial step, the so
called EGPRS 2, to further boost end user experience in up- and downlink
performance. This will result in downlink speeds of up to 1.2 Mbps and will
double uplink speed to up to 473 Kbps, thus quadrupling the capabilities of EDGE
today. EDGE Evolution is based on the 3GPP release 7 standard.
"By 2015, we expect to live in a broadband-IP world with five billion people
'always on' and therefore Nokia Siemens Networks is committed to protecting
customer investments and continue to implement leading EDGE technology. Dual
Carrier software upgrade is an easy and extremely cost efficient step to bring
broadband user experience to GSM/EDGE networks", says Ari Lehtoranta, Head of
Radio Access Business Unit, Nokia Siemens Networks.
Operators can serve their customers even better using the Dual Carrier
solution as the demand for data services and connectivity is immense, proven by
the steep increase on data services consumption in 3G/HSPA networks today. With
this solution, 3G/HSPA operators can offer service continuity for their 3G
Nokia Siemens Networks GSM/EDGE BSS is operational in 260 operator networks
in 117 countries offering services to more than 1.5B subscribers.
So far so good but now it comes to the question which handsets will support
NSN's Dual Carrier EDGE solution? Most likely a couple of Nokia handsets but
that's it, or?