T-Mobile tees up 3G and GPRS solutions

T-Mobile has joined forces with Cisco and Intel to build wireless data networks in the UK which combine the GPRS (general packet...

T-Mobile has joined forces with Cisco and Intel to build wireless data networks in the UK which combine the GPRS (general packet radio service), 3G and 802.11-based wireless Lan access technologies. 

The partners want to make it easier for users to enjoy uninterrupted access irrespective of their location.

The idea is similar to that of Vodafone, who will soon launch combined GPRS/3G data cards that can be inserted into laptops to allow mobile workers to access the internet while roaming on either a GPRS or 3G network, depending on which is present in the area. 

What makes the T-Mobile scheme different though, is that the operator wants a closer integration with campus networks running 802.11-based wireless Lans.  

The range of a campus network is typically around 100m depending on how many access points are installed, but once users leave buildings and their surrounding areas they are left high and dry unless they have a separate mobile network data card. 

T-Mobile wants to make it easier for users to have a single access solution by closely integrating its mobile networks with wireless Lans built around Cisco’s network infrastructure and supporting laptops equipped with Intel’s Centrino mobile access solution. 

The first target for the partnership is European universities, where they will target around 100 from this summer, with the aim of giving students internet access in college buildings, at home, and in public hotspots via cheap pre-pay access cards.

This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia 

This was last published in June 2004

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