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Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution

Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution or EDGE is a digital mobile phone technology. It is considered as 2.75G, more advanced than the second generation 2G and more advanced than GPRS which has been labelled 2.5G. This technology is compatible with TDMA and GSM networks. It can carry data speeds up to 384Kbps in packet mode and will therefore meet the International Telecommunications Union's requirement for a 3G network. It also enhances the circuit data mode called HSCSD, increasing the data rate of this service also. EDGE is being introduced into GSM networks around the world in 2003, initially in North America.

See also UMTS



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