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By Carmen Nobel  |  Posted 2003-04-07 Print this article Print

Critics also question the timing of Issas proposal, with the war ongoing. "Its saddening to see politics of this nature at a time like this," Pearson said.

That said, many carriers in the United States have adopted GSM, which runs in several frequency bands, and are upgrading their networks to General Packet Radio Service, which is based on GSM. They use equipment from France (Alcatel S.A.), Germany (Siemens AG), Sweden (Ericsson AB), Finland (Nokia Corp.) and the United States (Motorola Inc.), to name a few.

Motorola, based in Schaumburg, Ill., is a major provider of both CDMA and GSM infrastructure equipment. The company has GSM contracts with several countries, including Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.

Most of the cell phone networks surrounding Iraq use GSM technology, which is why Motorola officials recommend using GSM instead of CDMA.

"If were looking for a solution on how to deploy a network in a country thats already surrounded by GSM, its fairly clear that GSM is the easiest solution," said Norm Sandler, director of global strategic issues at Motorola, based in Washington; he said Motorola has had several discussions with the U.S. government in the past two weeks regarding a network in Iraq.

"Were in a good position to say from experience that neither one can be characterized as U.S. or European. But [in] terms of a possible technology solution in Iraq, in terms of putting in some kind of network to assist relief operations, there is clearly a logistical advantage at present for GSM," Sandler said.

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