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    Ed Raymond, wireless.newsfactor.com

    Mobile carrierT-Mobile has deployed a trial of Flarion Technologies' system for mobile broadband services in The Hague (news - web sites), the Netherlands.

    A network of Flarion's RadioRouters has been installed, and customers already are using the network. T-Mobile has been testing Flarion's Flash-OFDM as a mobile-broadband data system for Europe and the U.S. since 2003.

    "T-Mobile is constantly investigating and screening new mobile broadband technologies," said Dr. Hans-Eckhard Kruger, executive vice president, systems engineering, T-Mobile International. "As a leader in existing wireless broadband technologies like 3G and Wi-Fi, we are eager to learn more about future technologies."

    Flarion says its technology is both faster and less expensive than 3G mobile data systems. Users will experience download rates of about 1 Mbps, capable of bursting to 3.2 Mbps, and uplinks in the 300-500 kbps range, bursting to 900 kbps, Flarion said.

    Flarion's technology is currently in market and technology trials with other operators, including Nextel (Nasdaq: NXTL - news) Communications (USA), Vodafone KK (Japan), Telstra (Australia), and the city of Washington, D.C.

    Flarion is a Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU - news) spinoff. T-Mobile's sister company, T-Ventures, is a shareholder in Flarion.
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    I was looking at this too today. Hopefully T-Mobile USA will have EDGE by 2005 end and go straight to Flarion. Flarion's website says that Flash-OFDM is voice capable. Does this mean that T-Mobile can skip the very costly upgraded to UTMS? I'd like to hear so more on this topic.
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    Could someone explain in layman's terms just what edge and utms will do for us once it's available? Thanks

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