Lucent Technologies announced Tuesday that it successfully conducted a trial of its General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) jointly with the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) in the Jeddah GSM network in Saudi Arabia. The Lucent GPRS project will enable STC to test-market the service before launching full-fledged GPRS services for all STC customers.
STC currently has over a million subscribers on its GSM dual band network and is expected to grow over two million in the coming year. This early deployment of GPRS is aimed at placing Saudi Arabia in a wireless technology leadership role.
GPRS is a high-speed packet data network enhancement that enables mobile Internet access and data communications for a new generation of wireless devices. GPRS technology adds high-speed Internet, email and other data services to GSM cellular networks.
Lucent Technologies has recently conducted GPRS trials in Malaysia with CELCOM as well as in Australia with OneTel. According to a company release, Lucent has 12 GPRS trials planned with multiple global operators.
The US-based Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, software, silicon and services for next-generation communications networks for service providers and enterprises. The company focuses on high-growth areas such as broadband and mobile Internet infrastructure; communications software; communications semiconductors and optoelectronics; Web-based enterprise solutions that link private and public networks; and professional network design and consulting services.
Lucent has a multi-national workforce of 2,200 in Saudi Arabia, approximately 30 percent who are Saudis in engineering, technical and administrative management and non-management positions. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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