Anyway, ITWeb reported the following:
MTN’s data offerings have largely been
overshadowed by the noise of its rival’s launch of 3G, but the network
operator says it will soon make a big noise about its offerings.
Chellan, MTN’s senior manager of business solutions management
marketing, says MTN will soon formally announce the launch of its
Enhanced Data over GSM Evolution (EDGE) services – the upgrade to the
current generation of GPRS services. MTN plans to launch its full
commercial EDGE offerings in about two weeks.
Later in the year it will launch UTMS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System), which is essentially a 3G offering.
Chellan was speaking at a gathering of solution providers in Cape Town this morning.
MTN has not yet determined prices, but he expects the pricing structure to be competitive.
acknowledges that at R10 per megabyte per second, MTN’s download rates
are quite expensive, but prices should drop as data usage picks up.
have adopted a conservative strategy in moving to new technologies as
we want it to be backward-compatible to earlier generation devices.
Currently the EDGE part of the network now covers about 200 000 square
kilometres, or 20% of our current network. There are also about 200 000
EDGE devices available,?? he says.
EDGE is considered an extension of the current GPRS and GPRS+
technology, UMTS and its upgrade HSDPA (High Speed Download Packet
Application) are new generation technologies that will lead to download
speeds of about 14MBps.
MTN says it will begin testing UMTS and HSDPA later this year.
“Essentially this means we have a dual
bearer strategy that we believe has significant advantages over a
purely 3G-led strategy. The whole idea is to enhance the subscriber’s
experience,?? Chellan says.
Ok, right about here is where I started to feel a little anxious because here they are talking about the New Thing which supports data transfers of up to 14MBps and I’d be sitting there with a device supporting a mere 384Kbps. Then I realised that I don’t need that kind of mammoth bandwidth for my web browsing and emails! I don’t watch TV online or download large videos or music files that often. Just the geek in me immediately reaching for the new sparkly!
I am looking forward to the EDGE rollout later this month. It is going to be very cool!