EDGE Evolution to Triple Data Speeds by 2009

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Ericsson has restated its commitment to launch EDGE Evolution as a software upgrade of the existing cellular-wireless infrastructure by 2009.

EDGE Evolution will boost data speeds by up to 300 percent over the current version, and will significantly improve latency, coverage, and spectrum efficiency. And it will do this without requiring the installation of new hardware.

Ericsson believes this improved performance will make this wireless standard an important complement to higher-speed WCDMA/HSDPA networks, rather than a competitor to them.

This company should know what it’s talking about. Ericsson is the world’s leading EDGE supplier, supporting a majority of the 196 commercially launched EDGE networks worldwide.

EDGE Evolution was recently accepted as a standard by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson, says: "Ericsson EDGE Evolution builds on 3GPP’s industry standardization of agreed technology improvements and reflects Ericsson’s prediction that the current trend towards EDGE-capable GSM networks and terminals is set to continue."

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