Austria's leading GSM network operator mobilkom austria and Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT) have signed a contract for the implementation of the new mobile data General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) network .The 2.4 million mobilkom austria customers can look forward to accessing high speed mobile data services and obtaining Internet based content and services via their mobile phones.
The high speed data services will be available to mobilkom's customers in summer this year. In the first phase, due for completion by the end of the year, 10,000 subscribers will have access to the GPRS network. The value of the contract was not disclosed.
Currently Motorola is the only supplier worldwide who can provide a complete end-to-end commercial GPRS network solution including Internet infrastructure technology from Cisco Systems Inc. and GPRS-capable handsets. The first live GPRS data transfer call in Austria was successfully demonstrated by mobilkom austria and Motorola in Vienna in November last year.
The contract with mobilkom austria is for the implementation of Motorola's Network Solutions Sector (NSS) GPRS core network solution, including Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN) and Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN). Motorola's GPRS solution will be integrated into the existing mobilkom austria GSM network.
Ernst Tallowitz, Technical Director of mobilkom austria, said: "Motorola is a leading company in this new technology and therefore guarantees for a quick and network-wide implementation of the GPRS network infrastructure."
Jeff Gordon, Motorola vice president and general manager of Motorola NSS for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: "The implementation of GPRS means another step forward for mobilkom austria. For Motorola this first GPRS contract in Austria means another big success. We are delighted to be driving in the new era in data communications together with Austria's major network operator."
Motorola will also be supplying GPRS handsets.
Motorola NSS has been supplying systems solutions to mobilkom austria for more than ten years. In 1990 Motorola implemented the analogue mobile network "D" (TACS) and since 1992 Motorola has been implementing the GSM 'A1' network which is now dual-band at 900 and 1800MHz.
GPRS technology provides high-speed packet data transport service over existing GSM networks. It allows subscribers to send and receive packet information via a mobile terminal on the GSM radio channels to other packet networks such as the Internet or corporate Intranets, based on IP networking techniques. GPRS opens the mobile market to a wealth of data applications, including e- commerce, and email.
With GPRS, which is Phase 1 of Motorola's new Aspira(TM) communications architecture vision, the path to 3G will be seamless. New services can be added quickly and the end-to-end user experience will be exceptional. The Aspira communications architecture vision from Motorola combines voice, data and multimedia into one broadband IP-based network. This total end-to- end network solution encompasses transport networks, applications, services and endpoint devices.
Motorola's GPRS infrastructure is being deployed in the UK, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, and Turkey, among others. Motorola now exports commercial GPRS network equipment to 15 countries. Motorola is the only vendor to have enabled live GPRS calls on full end-to-end equipment in multiple countries.
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