Alcatel confirms today its successful volume deliveries and installation of EDGE-equipped mobile infrastructure solutions worldwide.
All Evolium(TM) base stations shipped by Alcatel in 1999 and 2000 can seamlessly host plug-and-play EDGE transceivers as an option. Moreover, since early 2001, EDGE is an integral part of Alcatel's standard product offering and all Evolium(TM) base stations delivered to customers are fully EDGE-equipped at no extra cost. Alcatel has already shipped Standard Edge equipment to over 100 networks worldwide making EDGE a tangible reality.
As a result, all Alcatel GSM/GPRS mobile infrastructure customers may easily boost their existing network capabilities with EDGE while taking maximum benefit from their past investments. Alcatel's approach has been to anticipate EDGE by shipping up-front cost-effective, multi-standard network equipment to allow smooth commercial opening of new end-user services as soon as the appropriate handsets become available in volume.
In this respect, a number of leading chipset manufacturers, such as Philips, have already announced their plans to provide EDGE devices. Recognising the importance of end-to-end interoperable solutions, and based on its wide GPRS and UMTS expertise in this field, Alcatel is firmly committed to run thorough Inter-Operability Testing (IOT) campaigns with these suppliers.
Marc Rouanne, President of Alcatel's Mobile Networks activities, said: "Since the very launch of our Evolium program, we have clearly positioned ourselves as a multi-standard infrastructure player. EDGE is a standard capability of our mobile radio products, and we believe there is room for this technology in the mobile data space. Especially in emerging markets, EDGE will allow mobile operators to leverage their installed base by introducing higher-speed and innovative mobile data services in a cost-effective manner. As concrete examples, we have already supplied 27 EDGE-ready networks in Africa/Middle-East, 18 in Eastern Europe and 10 in Southeast Asia. We have also supplied 3 EDGE-ready networks in the emerging Latin American GSM market. Like for GPRS and UMTS, Alcatel will actively push for open, interoperable and time-to-market end-to-end solutions."
"Capitalising on the broad experience of our two companies in GPRS, we know that end-to-end interoperability testing is of the utmost importance to ensure the successful commercial launch of new mobile data applications and services," said Peter Baumgartner, Senior Vice President and General Manager Global Market Segment Communications at Philips Semiconductors. "We are happy to co-operate with Alcatel, and we believe their EDGE-ready network solutions will be of high value to test our new EDGE chipset generation in a live and comprehensive end-to-end network environment".