Nokia and AT&T Wireless Services agree to develop and test advanced enhancements
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(June 26, 2000) Companies Will Conduct Joint Testing Using Emerging 3GPP Release 2000 International Standards To Advance General Wireless Industry Knowledge and Consumer Applications
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.
“AT&T Wireless has been a leader in advanced technology thanks in part to working with innovative companies like Nokia,” said Nelson. “Nokia has helped us develop TDMA IS-136 technology quickly and efficiently. Nokia's commitment to jointly develop and test the next enhancements to EDGE suggests that they will do the same for EDGE. This collaboration will help AT&T Wireless Services speed our time to market with advanced products and services customers will demand in the future."
AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T Corp. operates one of the largest digital wireless networks in North America. With more than 10 million subscribers, AT&T Wireless is committed to being the premier provider of high-quality wireless communications services, whether mobile or fixed, voice or data, to businesses or consumers, in the U.S. and internationally.
Nokia is paving the way to the mobile information society with its innovative products and solutions. The company is the leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile, broadband and IP networks, related services as well as multimedia terminals. In 1999, Nokia's net sales totaled EUR 19.8 billion (USD 19.9 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the New York (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stock exchanges and employs more than 56,000 people.