Finnish telecoms equipment company Nokia announced on Wednesday that it had started shipping high-speed GSM/EDGE infrastructure to US wireless operators Cingular Wireless and AT&T Wireless. They hope to be the first US operators to launch high-speed services.
While US commentators often refer to EDGE as a 3G technology, it is different from 3G as understood in Europe and Asia. It uses the same spectrum as existing 2G GSM systems, and is not as fast as the UMTS standard that is usually described as 3G. However, it is faster than GPRS, another high-speed standard that uses 2G spectrum.
Nokia will begin shipping EDGE infrastructure to operators in Europe and Asia within the next few weeks.