Alcatel and Orange Romania activated today the EDGE (Enhanced Data rate for GSM Evolution) capability natively embedded in Alcatel’s Evolium? radio access solution. This EDGE capability will cover the most important cities of Romania. Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel will EDGE-enable the Evolium? 900 and 1800 MHz base stations already installed, thanks to a simple software upgrade.
‘The priority today is to deliver the most advanced applications and services to the market, keeping costs under control’, stated Bernard Moscheni, chief executive officer of Orange Romania. ‘The choice we made when we chose Alcatel’s Evolium? EDGE-ready solution proved to be the right one, as it goes in this direction’.
Alcatel will also add new base stations to the operator’s network, so as to guarantee an adequate coverage of the population and level of service. The commercial service will be operating in the second half of 2004, after an experimentation due to start in the coming weeks.
This project will enable Orange Romania to deliver new broadband mobile applications and services to its customers, with limited investment in the network. All Evolium? base stations shipped by Alcatel in 1999 and 2000 can host plug-and-play EDGE transceivers as an option.