Nokia Siemens Networks has introduced software for its 2.5G network base stations that it said will double the current data speeds on existing EDGE networks up to 592 Kbps.
The Finland-based company said the Dual Carrier EDGE software will also enable 3G/HSPA operators to provide service continuity for 3G services.
Nokia Siemens said this is the first step in its EDGE Evolution project, which aims at increasing the speeds available from the network to 1,2 Mbps downstream and 473 Kbps upstream via EGPRS 2. EDGE Evolution is based on the 3GPP release 7 standard.
Ari Lehtoranta, head of radio access business unit at Nokia Siemens Networks, said: "By 2015, we expect to live in a broadband-IP world with 5 billion people 'always on' and therefore Nokia Siemens Networks is committed to protecting customer investments and continue to implement leading EDGE technology. Dual Carrier software upgrade is an easy and extremely cost efficient step to bring broadband user experience to GSM/EDGE networks."
The Dual Carrier EDGE software will be available as a software upgrade in the third quarter.