Confucious, on Mar 3 2008, 08:24, said:
Do you know why it's not enabled in 3G areas? Lots of phones are not 3G so Edge would be an improvement for them. Can they not enable Edge and 3G on the same TRU?
(Not that I have a clue what a TRU is
A TRU is a 2G transponder. The equipment for 2G and 3G are different, so you would either have a 2G/3G site, with 3G as the main data bearer and GPRS as a fall back. On 2G coverage areas, EDGE could be enabled to increase the available data rates. This would be dependant on how congested the site was, as you will lose voice capacity to data.
I suspect they don't enable EDGE on site with 3G because the way forward for them is 3G, hence this agreement to combine networks with 3. The 2G licenses are up for renewal soon, don't be surprised to see some operators not bidding and then selling their 2g infrastucture to the new operator.