This morning Nokia Siemens announced that they’ve doubled the speed of EDGE to 592Kbps via a Dual Carrier EDGE software solution. Existing GSM/EDGE networks will likely benefit from this in Q3 such as T-Mobile unless the government unshackles their 3G network before then. iPhone v1.0 owners will also benefit. Nokia will continue to boost speeds with EGPRS 2, which is said to offer 1.2Mbps and increase uplink speeds to 473Kbps.
“By 2015, we expect to live in a broadband-IP world with five billion people ‘always on’ and therefore Nokia Siemens Networks is committed to protecting customer investments and continue to implement leading EDGE technology. Dual Carrier software upgrade is an easy and extremely cost efficient step to bring broadband user experience to GSM/EDGE networks”, says Ari Lehtoranta, Head of Radio Access Business Unit, Nokia Siemens Networks.