AT&T Wireless Launches EDGE
LAS VEGAS -- AT&T Wireless today began offering the fastest national mobile wireless data service in North America, enabling businesses to improve productivity by unwiring their operations and providing mobile professionals unmatched coverage and speed.
AT&T Wireless took center stage at COMDEX as it announced the availability of EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution), a significant upgrade to its Next Generation wireless network. EDGE offers average data speeds between 100-130 kbps -- nearly twice as fast as other national mobile wireless networks and up to three times faster than traditional wired dial-up services.
"EDGE gives customers a much-enhanced wireless experience, providing data speeds dramatically faster than 'so-called' 3G services offered by other wireless companies," said John Zeglis, Chairman and CEO of AT&T Wireless. "It boosts the efficiency of a business' work force by giving mobile employees fast and easy access to the same business applications they have in their office. EDGE speeds will make it simpler for people to be as productive when they are on the go as they are in their home or office.
"With EDGE, our customers now have access to the fastest national mobile wireless connections and advanced services in North America. That puts us way ahead of the wireless pack, and it gives business customers another compelling reason to be with AT&T Wireless."
AT&T Wireless said the combination of EDGE's fast data connections, enterprise offers, and unlimited data plan will give businesses a distinct advantage over their competitors.
EDGE service is now available nationally to customers located in areas served by the AT&T Wireless GSM/GPRS Next Generation network, covering approximately 215 million people, some 6,500 cities and towns and areas along more than 30,000 miles of major highways. The company is offering EDGE in Puerto Rico and Bermuda, and plans to deploy EDGE throughout its properties in the Caribbean in the near future. In addition, Rogers AT&T Wireless has added EDGE capability in the Greater Vancouver area and will deploy EDGE throughout its Canada-wide network beginning next year. The combined networks provide AT&T Wireless customers across North America with access to high-speed, multi-functional services when they travel.
AT&T Wireless said that business customers can use the EDGE network to access information where they can place a phone call on the company's Next Generation network. Additionally, AT&T Wireless' WiFi service complements the company's EDGE network by offering customers wireless data connections when inside local "hot spots."
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