Nokia Siemens Networks has successfully field tested the world’s first Downlink Dual Carrier EDGE end-to-end call with mobile devices, hence proving EDGE network data speeds can be doubled. The software-based solution can drive EDGE speeds up to 592 kbps on existing EDGE-capable GSM networks without major network investments.
Dual Carrier is based on the 3GPP release 7 standard and Nokia Siemens Networks has additional plans to further double the end user experience in up- and downlink performance with the introduction of the technology called EGPRS 2B. As a result, downlink speeds could go up to 1.2 Mbps and and uplink speed up to 473 kbps.
See where’s this going? We could see carriers in emerging markets getting almost-as-3G data speeds without spending tons of cash on new infrastructure. Sounds promising, I tell you that…