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Nokia ramps up EDGE shipments

Mobile phone vendor Nokia has begun shipping volume quantities of EDGE (enhanced data rates for global evolution) hardware for...

Mobile phone vendor Nokia has begun shipping volume quantities of EDGE (enhanced data rates for global evolution) hardware for its products using GSM technology.

Nokia reached full production capability for its EDGE products in mid-2002 and now claims to be the first vendor to ship EDGE network hardware in large volumes.

The first shipments of EDGE network hardware took place in the Americas at the end of 2001, with shipments to Europe and Asia beginning in the first half of this year.

EDGE is the next stage in the evolution of GSM/GPRS towards 3G technologies such as Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) and Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (W-CDMA).

Companies can triple the data rates and network capacity of GSM/GPRS networks by using EDGE technology.

The EDGE network hardware includes Nokia UltraSite base stations, as well as EDGE-capable radios and baseband units for existing stations, and the necessary software, according to Nokia.

Nokia has already been shipping equipment that supports EDGE service on a GSM 800MHz and 1,900MHz infrastructure to US companies Cingular Wireless and AT&T Wireless Group.

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