Motorola and Fastlink collaborate to build GPRS momentum

The one day seminar tackled technical, commercial and marketing issues surrounding the introduction of GRPS.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  March 10, 2002

Motorola and Jordanian GSM operator Fastlink are attempting to build momentum behind GPRS technologies with a one day seminar in Amman.

The ‘GPRS Technology on the Move’ seminar addressed a number of technical issues such as underlying technologies and derived applications, commercial concerns like billing strategies and marketing issues pertaining to promoting the new services.

Speakers during the day long seminar included Dr. Fawaz Zu’bi, Minister of Information & Communications Technologies, and other presentations by Fastlink, Motorola and the Information Technology Association of Jordan, (Intaj.)

“GPRS may be the single most critical issue facing the GSM industry as the transition from circuit switching to packet switching occurs,” says Basem Rousan, deputy general manager and chief of technical operations at Fastlink.

The GPRS workshop will shed some light on Fastlink’s own experience of launching a commercial GPRS service — FastNet.

“GPRS is no longer something that will come in the future, it is [already] with us in Jordan following the launch of FastNet early this year. GPRS opens the door for new Internet-based services and other high-speed data applications. As GPRS is the first phase of the IP platform implementations, future technologies such as EGDE and 3G will build upon it, opening the door for revolutionary broadband technologies that will forever change our concept of the mobile phone,” comments Rousan.

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