EDGE comes to town…

Thats right folks..At the ITCN, visitors at the Telenor stall will discover that they have just launched EDGE, bringing in a newer, faster internet experience to the mobile phone user.

For the layman, EDGE stands for Enhanced Data rates for Gsm Evolution and enables data transfer at speeds of upto 236.8 kilobits per second (with a theoretical upward limit of 473.6 kilobits per second), whereas GPRS High Speed Circuit Switched Data rates end at 57.6 kilobits per second.

Mobilink did launch EDGE first, but lets not forget, from the very day of their launch, they have not moved beyond a 5 sq. km operating radius in Islamabad.

Telenors Edge network is spread across over 200 cell sites across the country and many more are being enabled continuously. Most of metropolitan Karachi is already covered and while we wait for WiMax and the likes of those really high-speed connections, I think it might be worth it to give it a shot.

Existing Telenor GPRS subscribers will see an “E” on their EDGE enabled phones when they are within the service region. Prices remain static at Rs. 15+tax per MB of data transfer.

An EDGE PCMCIA card for standard laptops costs approx 8-12k and is freely available in the markets.

This info is not currently available on the Telenor website, but visitors to ITCN will be briefed by Telenor staff in Hall 4.

On another note, they are also testing out PTT functions.

19 Comments so far

  1. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 5:00 pm

    Can you explain in a layman’s language that how EDGE would be good for us.

    Speaking of telenor,my cousin uses Djuice package and what I found that it indicate the location of the cell holder.He doesn’t have a GPS system.I wonder how its being captured,via Tower IDs?


  2. umar (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 5:15 pm

    EDGE offers faster speeds for data transfer… means faster internet access!
    Mansoor: Where is your warid NOW? :)


  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 5:26 pm

    Thanks Umar!sounds great

    But i am pretty impressed with telenor’s location aware system without GPS.Guess it can open door of lots of possibilities.


  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

    Thanks Umar!sounds great

    But i am pretty impressed with telenor’s location aware system without GPS.Guess it can open door of lots of possibilities.


  5. Adil (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 5:54 pm

    Switching to Telenor immediately! Can’t even make a 1 minute call on Mobilink without the line dropping or packets disappearing (apparently due to their poor network design, each tower is fighting for the same call!) Of course, EDGE is the bonus…


  6. Tee Emm (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

    Telenor’s EDGE is limited to Karachi only (just like Mobilink’s remains in the Capital). According to Telenor insiders, they are NOT blanketing Karachi for the recent EDGE upgrade and only a few ‘juicy’ spots have been given the EDGE coverage.

    Also, for all practical purposes, EDGE throughput as it appears to the end subscriber will swing somewhere between 40 to 20 kilobits per second. That is *slightly* better than the iffy GPRS services that Mobilink, Ufone and even Telenor has been providing to their subscribers.

    At the peril of being biased, Telecard has been offering CDMA 1X services for over a year now all over Sindh and Islamabad/Quetta that allows a decent 80 kilobits per sec transfer rate for its PCMCIA users. Total Telecom / Instaphone, the bigger brother of Telecard will be offering similar CDMA 1X as well as CDMA EvDO services as its basic plan when it rolls out its second incarnation in six months time. See today’s DAWN B&ER Section for more on this.


  7. mansoor (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 6:25 pm

    umar: well, apart from EDGE being the lastest in tech evolution, there are obvious barriers to this technology. just as there were for GPRS… mobile phone capability.. since my cell phone doesnt support EDGE.. its no good to me. Secondly, on where warid is.. the GPRS service they provide (although expensive) is one of the fastest services available in town! Since i have been using it, i havent even had the ‘remote host not found’ error i used to get continously on Ufone. Again, im in the dark about telenors GPRS service.

    Adnan:Location awareness and PTT would be very good features. I think location awareness is based on cell towers and it picks up the signal from there.

    Tee Emm: even though i have no way of verifying the speeds, i would still agree with what your saying is true, as that is the natural way of testing out new service. good insight!


  8. Inspirex (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 8:28 pm

    @tee em: like i mentioned, parts of karachi are covered, not all.

    Telenor itself tells me its across 200 cell sites over the country, mostly urban areas. I dont think they would lie on this, for certain reasons.

    Also, the mobilink 5 sq km part, is a mobilink claim. I know people who have tested this and declared otherwise.

    The telecard thing id like to try too.


  9. K.A. (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 8:35 pm

    Now my wife can find out where I’m at with telenor so I ll stick to Warid hehe. Warid s gprs is fast. I am mostly going through KMB on my PDA…works fast. Is the teLecard cdma available in Karachi and where?


  10. K.A. (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 8:36 pm

    Now my wife can find out where I’m at with telenor so I ll stick to Warid hehe. Warid s gprs is fast. I am mostly going through KMB on my PDA…works fast. Is the teLecard cdma available in Karachi and where?


  11. Newb3e (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

    i dont give a f about edge when will we get cheap and quality broadband


  12. eluxion (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 11:13 pm

    the cdma based internet is available at all places where the GO CDMA and V-PTCL Wireless service is working. It works on the same platform and uses the same bandwidth on which voice travels for all calls.

    Mobilink’s EDGE only works in a small georgraphic location in Islamabad, and is currently all in test phase.

    Telenor’s EDGE, as annoucned, works only in Karachi for now. From what I’ve heard, Telenor has the best GPRS service among all service providers. I don’t know about Warid, and managed to speak to one of the corporate sales people at Warid regarding this. Recently I’ve been trying to get hold of some info if any of the other cell companies (other than Mobilink) offer any fixed rate for corporate usage. Unfortunately, my experience with Mobilink’s GPRS has been rather distasteful. I only use it for the fixed rate, as I prefer hooking it up with my laptop.

    If others do that, i’d be more than happy to use their services for the same.


  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 2:24 am

    What about 3G?Anyone?

    I guess either WARID or Telenor will introduce it.I am more biased towards Telenor because of their experience and good R&D department.

    One can review the projects they completed in past.Very impressive!

    @KA:hehe yes better don’t switch :>

    @Mansoor: similarly not every mobile set supports GPRS technology.


  14. momers (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 5:02 am

    Mr. K.A. : No your wife cant find out where you are! only the cell phone holder(as in the person using the cell at a particualr time) locate HIS/HER current position.
    The location awareness is calculated using the incoming and outgoing network signals.

    Rest: Almost entire Telenor network is EDGE enabled since their hardware is all EDGE capable…as in, has EDGE capability built in from the day the hardware was installed. SO they aint gonna have any problem offering edge wherever and whenever.


  15. mufta (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 12:38 pm

    The location finder only works for Nokia phones only. Also being a part of teh advertising team that does Telenor advertising, i can tell that Edge has been formally started in Karachi, Lahore,Islamabad and faisalabad. Soon it will be launched in all other large cities. I have been trying to use Mobilink Edge in Islamabad but it work for me, i just get stuck with GPRS on Mobilink server.


  16. Jamash (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 2:24 pm

    Telenor’s location aware system Feel’s more like telenor stalking you, I get a CB button instead of my Phonebook option (Using X100), and when I press the CB button It tells me where I am, as if didn’t already knew did not knew. .. But for those the city is new It can help them locate them selves .. But then again any other person would tell you that …


  17. Jamash (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

    Telenor’s location Finding system Feel’s more like telenor stalking you, I get a CB button instead of my Phonebook option (Using X100), and when I press the CB button It tells me where I am, as if didn’t already knew. .. But for those the city is new It can help them locate them selves .. But then again any other person would tell you that …


  18. Jamash (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

    ooh!! I hate my ISP :(
    sorry for posting twice .


  19. Asad R. (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

    Warid has a nice online billing system that you can use to keep track of your usage (if you’re a postpaid user). Does telenor have anything similar?



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