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TDMA-EDGE deployment in Mexico
Posted: 23-Aug-2000 [Source: Ericsson press release]

[Tercel users in Mexico are to gain access to IP based mobile services via 3G TDMA-EDGE.]

Ericsson and wireless operator Telcel today announced an agreement that will lead to an early deployment of 3G mobile communications in Mexico. Telcel plans to deploy third generation (3G) TDMA-EDGE digital technology - based on Internet Protocol (IP) - to deliver high-quality mobile voice, data and multi-media services to consumers. Ericsson will help Telcel to be the first wireless operator in Latin America to deploy EDGE, based on a Telcel-Ericsson joint effort that covers developing the skills required, trial projects and implementing the commercial solution provided by Ericsson. Telcel is Mexico's leading wireless operator, with 7.6 million customers at mid-year 2000, nationwide coverage and automatic roaming.

EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution) is a global standard, and is regarded as a key factor in access and service convergence between TDMA and GSM networks worldwide. EDGE offers TDMA and GSM operators an effective way of enhancing networks to 3G capability without requiring new radio spectrum.

EDGE is designed for migration into existing networks, enabling operators to offer wireless multimedia services and applications at 384 kbps in wide areas and at considerably higher speeds indoors. EDGE will give the possibility to the end-user of having multimedia, voice and data on the go, anywhere, anytime.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has approved 3G TDMA-EDGE as a third generation wireless technology standard. This standard, along with cooperative development efforts among TDMA-EDGE and GSM carriers and network providers, is ultimately expected to enable Telcel customers to obtain wireless service coverage virtually anywhere in the world.

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