Comments on: Ericsson to Speed Up EDGE Networks by 2009

Ericsson has announced plans to launch EDGE Evolution, as software upgrade of existing EDGE telecom infrastructure, by 2009. Billing it as EDGE Evolution, they claim it will boost existing EDGE data speeds by up to 300 percent and will significantly improve latency, coverage, and spectrum efficiency. It is essentially a software update to existing network equipment though no word if current edge enabled handsets will be able to make use of this new technology.
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Yippee... nevermind.

phoneboy @ 3/15/2007 2:37:47 PM # Q
As a current EDGE data user, this caught my eye. Then I re-read the "by 2009" part. Oh joy. It's like hearing of a new technology that drastically increases the picture quality of my VHS VCR... almost to DVD resolution! Useless.

I pity the fool still using EDGE in '09.

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RE: Yippee... nevermind.
hkklife @ 3/15/2007 4:26:59 PM # Q
Actually....the Treo 650 launched in fall '04 and was widely available until fairly recently. So if the 680 lasts anywhere near that long (launched n fall '06) then it should enjoy at least a year or so in production concurrent with the EDGE Evolution rollout. I think this sort of thing will be targeted primarily at smaller markets and/or to countries with less-advanced wireless infrastructure.

While a faster EDGE might not be great for you or I now, much less in '09, for many people in the world whose sole piece of computing/gaming/communication/media/imaging equipment would be something like a Treo, every little bit of increased speed or connectivity enhancement would be welcome.

Also, what about someone traveling globally with their GSM device? I am sure that the Treo-wielding roadwarrior in Timbuktu would be delighted to find ANY kind of signal, EDGE or otherwise.

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Edge still has an 'edge'

asiayeah @ 3/16/2007 6:03:17 PM # Q
One of the major advantages of Edge over other mobile data access
technologies is cost. Indeed, many carriers in the world is providing unlimited GPRS or EDGE access at a very affordable cost.

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