T-Mobile Germany Offers Seamless Mobile Broadband Connections with Nortel Wireless Solutions
First European Wireless Service Provider to Offer Seamless Communications Across HSDPA/3G, GPRS and Wi-Fi Networks
MARCH 10, 2006, Hanover, Germany - Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] has been selected to expand T-Mobileís wireless core network with new capabilities designed to bridge the operatorís commercial UMTS wireless network with WiFi networks to provide seamless communications for subscribers. This is expected to be the first commercial deployment that supports seamless broadband mobility across 3G, EDGE, GPRS and WiFi networks in Europe.
This capability will be demonstrated at CeBit 2006 in Hanover in booth 26, A01. T-Mobile will offer the new service to customers using laptops and dual mode PDAs, such as the T-Mobile MDA Pro, beginning Summer 2006.
With this deployment, enterprise customers can enjoy ďAlways Best ConnectedĒ access to new data and multimedia/SIP-based services beyond voice, including video calling, video conferencing, short messaging service, instant messaging, e-mail, Web access - all from one device and one phone number - with no interruption to their communication session. It will also enable T-Mobile to better manage customer billing information across networks so that end users can receive one, consolidated bill.
ďThis innovative technology is designed to greatly enhance our customerís experience by allowing users to roam seamlessly and enjoy a consistent, uninterrupted mobile communications across 3G, EDGE, GPRS and WiFi networks,Ē said Joachim Horn, director, technology T-Mobile. ďThe service is designed to enable our customers to access private networks and enterprise applications in a secure environment while on the move, helping to improve productivity and efficiency.Ē
The new capability is made possible through the integration of existing Nortelís Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) with Azaire Networksí IP Converged Network Platform (IP-CNP). Azaireís IP-CNP provides an integrated hybrid network by extending the services from the existing 3G and GSM core network investments over new access technologies like WiFi and WiMax.
With this deployment, T-Mobile customers will be able to use multiple access technologies while preserving key cellular service benefits such as SIM card-based authentication, secure roaming, integrated accounting and billing, and seamless mobility. Customers have consistent user experience and access to their information regardless of how they connect to the T-Mobile network using their existing T-Mobile accounts.
ďWe are thrilled to work with T-Mobile to deliver a truly mobile environment that offers users a new standard of integrated voice, data and multimedia service from any location,Ē said Dieter Buettenbender, Nortel global account manager for T-Mobile International. ďWith this technology T-Mobile will be able to continuously introduce these new services quickly and easily to its existing portfolio.Ē
The packet core network agreement is incremental to previous GPRS and UMTS core contract awards by T-Mobile to Nortel. Nortel has been a supplier of GPRS and third-generation (3G) wireless networking equipment for T-Mobileís Pan-European network since 2002, and currently supplies packet core networking equipment in Germany, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia and Austria.
About T-Mobile International
T-Mobile International is one of the worldís leading companies in mobile communications. As one of Deutsche Telekom`s three strategic business units, T-Mobile concentrates on the most dynamic markets in Europe and the United States.
By YE 2005, nearly 87 million customers were served by companies of the Deutsche Telekom group. And all that over a common technology platform based on GSM, the worldís most successful digital wireless standard. This also makes T-Mobile the only mobile communications provider with a seamless transatlantic service.
T-Mobile also is partner of FreeMove, an alliance formed by four of Europeís leading mobile companies - Orange, Telefůnica Můviles, TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile) and T-Mobile - to help their customers communicate as easily while travelling abroad as they do at home. For more information about T-Mobile International, please visit www.t-mobile.net.**
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