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With 3G and 4G wireless broadband becoming part of the daily mobile lexicon, who has time for pokey old EDGE networks? Nokia Siemens Networks, a wireless equipment maker, does and has come up with a new software solution that doubles the EDGE data speeds. The new […]

nokia_siemens_networks_logo.jpgWith 3G and 4G wireless broadband becoming part of the daily mobile lexicon, who has time for pokey old EDGE networks? Nokia Siemens Networks, a wireless equipment maker, does and has come up with a new software solution that doubles the EDGE data speeds.

The new technology, called Nokia Siemens Networks’ Dual Carrier EDGE solution, will double the data speed to up to 592 kbps on existing EDGE-capable GSM networks. It will be available in the third quarter of 2008, and will soon be followed by what NSN calls EGPRS 2, which will result in downlink speeds of up to 1.2 Mbps and will double uplink speed to up to 473 kbps, thus quadrupling the capabilities of EDGE today. Now that means millions of iPhone users can now look forward to a new, faster day, when their devices will get a true taste of speed!


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  1. “Now that means millions of iPhone users can now look forward to a new, faster day, when their devices will get a true taste of speed”

    Since this will be a software upgrade, that could be true. I’m curious as to the impacts on a true 3G iPhone and the battery life after the upgrade. If this works out, I’m not sure I see the need for a 3G iPhone and my expectation is that we’d see the speed boost but not have the bigger battery drain of today’s 3G radios. Thoughts?

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  2. @Kevin: NSN is saying that it will be a software update on the infrastructure side not on the device side ;-) Then this announce is good news for operators because: not too expensive as it is a software upgrade on existing infra, but device manufacturers will have to build new compliant devices.

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  3. [...] which ones are going to be stuck in the past, but we’re hoping for a good bit of the former. [Via GigaOM] Read | Permalink | Email this | [...]

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  4. @ Axel,

    especially in a country like India where there are no plans to upgrade to 3G for next 12 months or so. There is clearly an opportunity there.

    Hope to get more details on this later today.

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  5. [...] which ones are going to be stuck in the past, but we’re hoping for a good bit of the former. [Via GigaOM] Read | Permalink | Email this | [...]

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  6. [...] which ones are going to be stuck in the past, but we’re hoping for a good bit of the former. [Via GigaOM] Read | Permalink | Email this | [...]

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  7. [...] which ones are going to be stuck in the past, but we’re hoping for a good bit of the former. [Via GigaOM] Read | Permalink | Email this | [...]

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  8. [...] which ones are going to be stuck in the past, but we’re hoping for a good bit of the former. [Via GigaOM] Read | Permalink | Email this | [...]

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  9. @Axel, it would be also interesting if this would allow infrastructures other then Nokia-Siemens to license the technology, but effectively what we would really like to see is an iPhone with HSDPA support really.

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