Nortel Evolved EDGE Technology Delivers Mobile Broadband, Builds Bridge to 4G

Evolution Not Revolution-Delivering an End-to-End Evolved EDGE End-User Experience at Mobile World Congress

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Evolved EDGE can deliver mobile broadband, breathe new life into GSM investments and build the bridge to 4G claims Nortel(1) (TSX: NT)(NYSE: NT).

At Mobile World Congress, Nortel, and partner Prisma Engineering, will demonstrate end-to-end Evolved EDGE communication that delivers higher data rates, better spectral efficiency and longer battery life for handsets compared to other solutions.

Evolved EDGE enables operators to extend the life and broaden the capabilities of GSM, further enhancing the revenue-generating capabilities of existing assets. Evolved EDGE delivers the speed and performance required to offer enhanced services at a fraction of the cost of deploying 3G systems.

The quality of the end-user experience is key to the acceptance of new technologies. Nortel will demonstrate dual-carrier Evolved EDGE technology that can achieve double the throughput compared to existing EDGE solutions. The demonstration at Mobile World Congress will take place in the Hyperconnected Home area of the Nortel booth and will include live video streaming over Evolved EDGE and LTE - which demonstrates the coupling of these technologies to deliver network-wide service continuity. This solution uses Nortel BSS commercial equipment and the Prisma dual-carrier mobile simulator.

"Today, network-wide data services are delivered by EDGE," said Graham Richardson, general manager GSM, Nortel. "Tomorrow, broadband data services will be delivered by Evolved EDGE which will bring two to four times the speed of EDGE. This evolution of GSM technology provides a cost-effective bridge to LTE and full service continuity between GSM and LTE. For operators, Nortel´s Evolved EDGE solution supports mobile broadband in a cost-effective manner."

A simple software upgrade for an existing EDGE network enables Evolved EDGE and can more than double the spectral efficiency. The upgrade increases data performance rate with a downlink throughput of up to 1.2 Mbps with reduced latency. In practise these enhancements deliver an improved end-user experience and access a full range of mobile applications including VoIP, gaming, Web browsing, e-mail and video streaming.

Evolved EDGE uses the same spectrum as GSM and EDGE and allows broadband speeds to be supported across the existing network. Evolved EDGE standardization is under finalization in 3GPP Rel-7 and will be introduced to commercial networks in 2009.

About Prisma Engineering

Prisma Engineering pioneers multi-user, scalable load&stress test and monitoring solutions for cellular networks. The largest wireless network equipment vendors and operators worldwide depend on complete testing solutions that PRISMA provides and maintains. Close partnerships ensure customers´ test plans deliver their exact requirements. PRISMA´s engineering team provides experience in all areas of hardware and software design and a software library encompassing all relevant protocol stacks for GSM/GPRS/EDGE, UMTS, LTE and WiMAX - and more. Upcoming testing solutions based on Software Defined Radio will now expand the scope of PRISMA solutions to the entire range of interfaces mobile networks´ interfaces.

For more information, visit Prisma on the Web at

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