Orange has switched on the UK's first Edge mobile network, offering download speeds up to three times faster than GPRS.
The Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution network was tested last year, and Orange now has 300 network sites enabled across the UK, with a goal of 1,500 sites by the end of the year.
"The addition of Edge strengthens our ability to offer businesses and consumers access to high-speed data services in the UK," said Bernard Ghillebaert, executive vice president at Orange UK.
The operator will introduce two new Edge-enabled products to the UK business market this spring, the BlackBerry 8700g and Business Everywhere laptop data card.
Europe leads the world in Edge deployments with over 35 networks up and running, according to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association.
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