AT&T Wireless Services has launched a high-speed cellular network that will provide average data speeds of between 100Kbps and 130Kbps and plans to focus the service on US enterprise customers.
At the Comdex show in Las Vegas, AT&T Wireless chairman John Zeglis said the company's new Edge network would boost "the efficiency of a business's workforce by giving mobile employees fast and easy access to the same business applications they have in their office". The name comes from "enhanced data rates for GSM evolution".
The new service will cover the same footprint as its current GSM/GPRS network, which provides data rates of 20Kbps to 30Kbps in about 6,500 US cities and towns and along 30,000 miles of the road network.
Business customers who sign up for a two-year contract can buy an Edge laptop card manufactured by Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications for $150 through AT&T.
Hewlett-Packard has also introduced its HP-branded version of the Sony Ericsson card, while IBM and Intel also plan to package Edge modems along with Edge service packages for sale through their distribution channels.
Bob Brewin writes for IDG News Service