Ericsson and T-Mobil testing world's first GPRS packet data equipment

Ericsson is first to deliver GPRS equipment. German operator T-Mobil has made the world's first deployment of this new technology for wireless Internet services. GPRS is an important step for operators in the evolution to third- generation (3G) networks, offering mobile users a wide range of new services.

Ericsson's General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) system will enable T-Mobil (Deutsche Telekom MobilNet GmbH) to offer wireless Internet and other IP-based services at a speed comparable to today's wireline network speeds.

Ericsson GPRS packet-switching equipment, installed in Bonn, is currently undergoing extensive testing, including interworking with other suppliers equipment. T-Mobil plans to extend the scope of these first live trials and offer commercial services already next year. Ericsson and T-Mobil signed the world's first GPRS contract in January.

This co-operation will not be limited to the delivery of infrastructure. Ericsson and T-Mobil also intend to jointly develop the market for non-voice applications, including deployment of the latest technologies, such as Bluetooth and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). In the future, T-Mobil's subscribers will thus be able to use a mobile phone, Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) or notebook for accessing the Internet, sending and receiving e-mails, or doing e-commerce through the Mobile Media Mode (WWW:MMM).

"GPRS is an important step in the migration from today's GSM networks towards 3G. This technology will considerably promote the penetration of new mobile datacom applications," says Karl Alsmar, Managing Director at Ericsson GmbH. "We expect that this first GPRS implementation will attract other operators to install this technology."

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