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RECENT NEWS FLASH 2000-02

(Updated on December 17, 1999)

TECHNOLOGY & WIRELESS NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

December 17 -- Ericsson, a leading provider of communications solutions, announced that Omnipoint Corporation, a digital wireless Personal Communication Services company using GSM communications technology, has begun trials of Ericsson’s General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) solution.  

This high-speed wireless data technology is an important component in the evolution to third-generation (3G) wireless phone networks.

This new technology will allow Omnipoint customers in the New York metropolitan area to access the Internet at speeds up to 115 kbps.

Ericsson-Omnipoint commitment will extend to developing a market for latest non-voice applications, including BlueTooth and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP).

For more information, go to http://www.ericsson.com/pressroom/19991217-0071.html  

MobileInfo Advisory: GPRS is an interim step to 3G wireless networks but it does give GSM operators one leg up in speed. However, GSM does not have enough coverage across the nation in US. However, it will help speed up wireless internet applications. Let us see some action on CDMA side. Should you invest in GPRS radios for your mobile applications today? We suggest that you should evaluate all the issues - network coverage, return on investment on these radios, possibility of software upgrade to these radios, application investment, multiple wireless network support in your middleware that will let you upgrade your applications to future networks and so on.


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