AirTel's Delhi network to be EDGE ready next year
EDGE allows data services at a speed of 473 kbps as against 115 kbps speed for GPRS.business Updated: Nov 24, 2003 15:52 IST
Moving towards a step closer to offering advanced third generation (3G) data services, AirTel, mobile phone operator for Delhi, said on Thursday its network would be "EDGE" ready by the middle of next year to offer customers enhanced speeds of data access.
Bharti Cellular CEO (mobility) Sanjay Nadrajog on Thursday announced the first successful trial of an EDGE (enhanced data rate for global evolution) call.
The first EDGE call was made on AirTel's Delhi network at Okhla using Ericsson's solutions.
Currently, AirTel is offering GPRS to its customers for accessing data at a cost Rs 999 per month.
"EDGE is the new mantra on global Internet connectivity and will allow us to offer high speed data services approximately three times those of GPRS (general packet radio services)," he said.
The peak speed of GPRS is 115 kbps while that of EDGE is 473 kbps, he added. An EDGE-enabled handset globally costs about Rs 25,000- Rs 30,000.
The company is hoping that the prices would come down by the time it launches its EDGE services; that would result in more volumes.
Bharti also announced international GPRS roaming with SingTel of Sigapore and Globe of Philippines to enable customers to access Internet and high speed data even while travelling.