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Finns EDGE In

The market for EDGE-enabled base stations grew a bit today when Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) announced it was supplying América Móvil [ed. note: who?] with base stations fired up and ready to provide GSM, GPRS, and EDGE services in Colombia and Ecuador.

It's a small deal but a significant one, because it demonstrates that Nokia continues to set the pace in this nascent market. The Nords already have signed six deals for EDGE-equipped base stations.

Nokia says that it does not yet know when the operator plans to activate the EDGE capabilities of these products. "We are delivering the equipment now, though we don't know when the operator plans to put it into commercial service," says Nokia Networks spokesman Thomas Jonsson.

— Ray Le Maistre, European Editor, Unstrung
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