Monday, November 13, 2006

Evolved EDGE is Emerging as an Attractive Alternative to 3G

According to a new Research Brief from ABI Research, GSM operators are increasingly focused on Evolved EDGE as a viable alternative to 3G network upgrades in 2008 and beyond, following the forthcoming release of a new 3GPP standard. With spectral efficiency similar to HSDPA and 1xEV-DO, Evolved EDGE promises to deliver data rates equivalent to 3G while utilizing existing GSM spectrum licenses. ABI Research forecasts that the Evolved EDGE market will generate $25 billion in revenue from network upgrades and mobile devices during the period between 2008 and 2011, and will reach 504 million subscribers worldwide by the end of that period.