Nokia Ships GSM/EDGE to Carriers
Furthering development of the next generation of wireless networks, Nokia Corp. last week began volume shipments of GSM/EDGE hardware to carriers in the United States.Furthering development of the next generation of wireless networks, Nokia Corp. last week began volume shipments of GSM/EDGE hardware to carriers in the United States. Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution is based on Global System for Mobile Communications, which is the reigning wireless network in Europe and is starting to gain ground in the United States. "EDGE is key to the creation of [third-generation] services in the global wireless industry," said Timothy Eckersley, senior vice president of Nokias Nokia Networks division, in Espoo, Finland.
AT&T Wireless Services Inc. and Cingular Wireless, both of which received the EDGE hardware, have started to roll out GSM networks in the United States. The next step in the transition is GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), which supports voice and data. Both companies are in the midst of GPRS trials. The third step is the EDGE network, which is designed to support high speed for functions that include streaming media and increased voice capacity.