Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU - news) today announced that it will be trialing a next-generation wireless communications technology with Malaysia's Celcom that provides "always on" Mobile Internet connections.
GPRS is an industry-standard technology for enhancing GSM digital networks with "always-on" high-speed connections to a new generation of Internet-capable mobile devices. The GPRS technology supplied by Lucent would be a critical component of Celcom's network as it complements its circuit-switched voice network with an ability for efficiently carrying packets of data in accordance with Internet Protocols (IP). GPRS enables access to high speed wireless data services and paves the way to enhanced applications accessed over third generation (3G) UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Services) wireless systems.
The GPRS trial will bring benefits of this technology to a pilot group of customers with highly personalised Mobile Internet applications. Moreover, it will enable Celcom to establish a new billing model for high-speed data services which will be applicable for even more content-rich wireless multimedia services envisioned for UMTS.
"We are delighted that Celcom is one of the first operators globally to showcase Lucent's end-to-end GPRS solution," said John Hughes, president of Lucent's GSM/UMTS business. "We have already demonstrated our ability to rapidly deploy the base station software needed to launch a large-scale GPRS service in Germany. We'll now be able to apply this experience in Malaysia by delivering both the network backbone and base station enhancements and helping define and develop new revenue-generating applications enabled by this exciting Mobile Internet capability."
Lucent's comprehensive Mobile Internet offer integrates carrier-grade server technology from Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: SUNW - news) with Lucent's GPRS backbone network. The Lucent/Sun GPRS solution is designed as a turnkey, highly reliable end-to-end system compatible with IP, affording GSM network operators a ready-made mobile Internet service capability. It will enable wireless operators to become Internet Service Providers or become hosts for ISPs wishing to extend services to their customers on the move.
"We are fully committed to bring forward Celcom's advancement and offerings," said Dave Marinelli, president of Lucent Technologies Malaysia. "We continue to work closely with our customers in Malaysia in order to bring the latest advanced communications technologies to the users in Malaysia."
Lucent Technologies and Celcom have been collaborating since 1994. To date, Lucent has supplied GSM equipment worth close to US$190 million to Celcom under Phases 1 to 5 of its telecommunications network plan.