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Germany's T-Mobil Launches High-Speed Mobile Data Service

[June 23] Germany's GSM network operator T-Mobil announced Friday the launch of General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) on the T-D1 network to provide a rapid mobile data capability to all its subscribers.

T-Mobil's service launches with the Motorola Timeport p7389i GPRS phone -- the world's first GSM tri-band GPRS handset.

Jeff Gordon, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola Network Solutions Sector EMEA, said the new service was an example of supplier and operator working together to deliver an end-to-end, first to market solution.

Still in its early stages, despite all the launch excitement, the GPRS-enabled service has huge potential. For example, it can carry live video, opening up applications such as video conferencing, surveillance and remote monitoring via the mobile terminal.

Motorola has worked with California-based PacketVideo to demonstrate how live video-over-GPRS works on its Aspira GPRS network.

Another application made possible by GPRS is high speed Web browsing. This, too, was demonstrated at the launch by using Data Reduxion technology from BlueKite.com, another California-based company. The BlueKite.com solution brings the Internet's full content to devices equipped with standard browsers.

Users of the new Timeport p7389i GPRS phone can gain quick access to email, train timetables, weather and traffic conditions "almost anywhere in the world," according to Motorola. Features include VibraCall discreet alert, and intelligent keypad entry which guesses what the user is trying to spell.

Motorola has a contract with T-Mobil to implement its Aspira GPRS network solution throughout Germany in a deal that includes infrastructure technology from Cisco Systems.