Ericsson to trial WAP technology with Rogers Cantel Inc.

Ericsson Canada Inc. today announced plans to trial Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) technology over a TDMA network with Rogers Cantel, Canada's largest wireless provider.

The trial will be the first deployment of WAP technology over a TDMA (IS-136) network and demonstrates Rogers Cantel's commitment to providing customers with wireless Internet services over its Digital PCS network.

"Wireless Internet is the next wave for wireless communications," says Vu Nguyen, General Manager, Rogers Cantel Account, Ericsson Canada. "WAP technology will enable us to provide both consumers and enterprises with total wireless solutions that will bring the Internet and its content to their fingertips.

"Ericsson is very proud of the close relationship we have with Rogers Cantel," continues Nguyen. "Ericsson's leadership position in the wireless industry enables us to offer the best possible solutions for Rogers Cantel's needs, and we do it on time."

"We are continually expanding and enhancing our nationwide Cantel AT&T Digital PCS network to satisfy the tremendous demand for wireless services. We view the emergence of new Wireless Internet applications and WAP technology as a tremendously exciting opportunity for our customers," says Bob Berner, Chief Technology Officer of Rogers Cantel Inc. "Ericsson's software, hardware and services areas have been an integral part of our success to date, and Rogers Cantel and Ericsson are working together to provide next generation wireless products and services for Canadians."

Ericsson's TDMA/CDMA WAP system is based on the highly scaleable, fault tolerant JAMBALATM platform. The JAMBALATM WAP Gateway is targeted at TDMA and CDMA operators globally and is bundled together with a range of WAP applications. The system has been fully tested with terminals from major vendors.

"Rogers Cantel is one of the leading TDMA operators in North America," says Glen Schmid, Director, WAP-America's, Ericsson Research Canada. "When such an operator chooses Ericsson, it's clear proof that our WAP portfolio offers superior functionality, quality, and scalability."

WAP is a first step towards Mobile Internet and 3G (third generation) mobile offerings. Mobile Internet will not only make the current Internet available from mobile terminals, but also create a whole new set of services that will be available anywhere, anytime for any user.

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