Nokia and Austrian GSM operator ONE have signed an agreement for the supply of the core Nokia GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) network. GPRS is a major stepping stone in the development towards 3rd generation mobile systems and mobile multimedia services.
Both ONE and Nokia have been working together on GPRS development since last year. A pre-commercial GPRS system has already been implemented and ONE is currently using that in the testing of new and existing applications. With this agreement ONE will take the next step to providing mobile Internet access to their customers, having already earlier implemented commercial High Speed Circuit Switched Data in their network.
"We are already the only operator in Austria with HSCSD and the Mobile Internet based today on WAP and GPRS technology takes innovative service creation a step further bringing more features and options for end users," says Jurgen Peetz, Chief Technical Officer at ONE. "We have been rolling out our GSM1800 network together with Nokia since 1997. This partnership has covered the whole GSM1800 system with cellular transmission, value added service platforms and respective Services. We are now pleased to continue our co-operation with Nokia in moving towards mobile IP based on GPRS."
The greatest advantage of GPRS for mobile subscribers lies in the possibility to have continuous connectivity to the Internet, the corporate Intranet or a WAP portal, for fast access to new content-rich services.
"Nokia has proven its ability to manufacture, deliver and integrate this new packet data solution into our customer's networks in tight time schedules. We are pleased to bring GPRS to Austria with ONE and this agreement is a landmark in our co-operation, which also indicates the rapid growth of voice and data traffic in Austrian networks," says Urs Pennanen, Managing Director of Nokia Austria.
With Nokia an early start in GPRS leads the way for success in 3rd Generation packet data networks. Nokia is at the forefront of development and implementation of GPRS infrastructure for mobile operators, as existing second Generation networks evolve to 3G.
The Nokia GPRS solution includes the Internet Protocol (IP) based core network infrastructure, the Nokia Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN), the Nokia Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN), the Nokia Charging Gateway, the Lawful Intercept Gateway (LIG), the Domain NameServer, Router/Firewall and Ethernet switches, service charging and provisioning solution and applications.
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