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Nokia and AT&T Wireless Services cooperate on all IP-Edge Network
Posted: 26-Jun-2000 [Source: Nokia press release]

[Nokia and AT&T announced today an agreement to participate in joint development to the 3G EDGE standard, a convergence of the popular GSM and TDMA standards.]

Nokia and AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. have agreed to jointly develop and test enhancements to the Third Generation (3G) wireless standard, EDGE that will enable simultaneous delivery of voice and data, as well as advanced multimedia applications such as real-time streaming media.

"The most important outcome of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between AT&T Wireless Services and Nokia is demonstrating the incredible breadth the EDGE standard affords for a vast array of new applications," remarked Roderick Nelson, senior vice president and chief technology officer for AT&T Wireless Services. "Further, in the process of testing and demonstrating the combined delivery of voice and multimedia applications, AWS and Nokia will provide general industry knowledge from which everyone benefits."

The first EDGE networks will provide high-speed Internet and email access. The MoU entered into by AWS and Nokia will lead to such exciting new applications as Voice Over IP, audio and video streaming, and real-time conversational services such as video conferencing. The companies will be working under what is emerging as the new 3GPP Release 2000 International Standards to bring simultaneous transmission of voice (over IP) and web browsing or e-mail by the first quarter of 2001.

"Nokia's commitment to jointly test 3G enhancements further bolsters the case for EDGE within the wireless industry, and supports the next steps in the evolution of AT&T Wireless's network. In addition, this collaboration will help us to more quickly deliver 3G products to other GSM and TDMA carriers around the world," said Dr. J.T. Bergqvist, Senior Vice President, Nokia Networks. "This collaboration supports the Nokia 3G All-IP Core network strategy, which is based on IPv6. Customers will benefit from this with technology that will allow them to better manage their busy and complicated lives. This represents just another chapter in our long strategic technology partnership with AT&T Wireless."

EDGE combines two of the world's leading digital wireless standards, TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) and GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications). TDMA is currently the most widely deployed technology in the Americas while GSM has marketshare across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Together, GSM and TDMA report more than 250 million customers around the world.

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