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Ericsson, Microcell Deliver New GPRS Technology

[Montreal, CANADA] Ericsson Canada and Microcell Connexions have inked a multimillion dollar (Canadian) deal for the supply of a new high-speed wireless data system based on General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) technology.

Ericsson already claims more than 50 percent of the worldwide GPRS orders and has installed 44 test systems with leading operators.

GPRS is a new technology that allows mobile networks to send packet-switched data in the same way as over the Internet and other datacoms networks.

All information is divided into packets. Unlike a circuit-switched system, a GPRS connection will only use the network while data is being sent, thus optimizing network efficiency. This allows GPRS to make more dynamic and efficient use of radio frequencies.

The Ericsson and Microcell deal covers a complete GPRS system; including software and hardware upgrades of the existing Microcell GSM infrastructure and the deployment of newly developed IP-based GSN nodes for the GPRS core network.

Ericsson's GPRS system will allow Microcell to offer its customers mobile Internet and other IP-based applications at speeds up to ten times as fast as current mobile networks.

Ericsson provides complete communication solutions including Wireless Systems, Mobile Phones, IP and Data Systems -- including e-commerce, e-crm, and Internet Multimedia -- as well as Consulting Services.

It is also Canada's sixth largest R&D investor. Its R&D Center develops systems for multiple wireless standards as well as technology for future 3rd generation telecommunication.

Microcell Connexions is the only Canadian wireless network to exclusively offer unbundled and unbranded airtime and wireless services to corporations and entrepreneurs who then brand and market these offerings as their own.

It also partners with third-party developers and manufacturers to enhance their wireless service and product offerings.