Remote LAN access supplier Brand Communications has become one of the first companies to show successful mobile LAN access via a High-Speed Circuit Switched Data Service (HSCSD) from Orange.
The company exhibited the technology at the Networks Telecom '99 show in Birmingham last week.
The service can reach a data speed of 28.8Kbps, with the use of Brands' GSM LAN access product, Apollo. GSM typically offers 9.6Kbps, which many customers find insufficient and unreliable.
"This breakthrough introduces a level of resilience and speed for the mobile data industry that will open up GSM networks to an exponential growth in data traffic," said Brand's managing director, Martin Kendrick.
For large companies it will effectively mean higher speeds and shorter calls, but the biggest opportunity potentially is that Internet access could be done via GSM at high speeds.
The technology also eradicates the interruptions caused by call dropping when downloading large documents.
This puts Brand and Orange in a prime position to deliver complete HSCSD products to the bandwidth hungry, but Brand was careful not to assume that would be the case.
"We have reached these data speeds in a testbed environment," said Terry Hughes, Brand's sales director. "We are not selling or delivering these speeds today. However, what we are saying is that Orange has this technology and we have successfully proved that you can reach high LAN speeds via GSM which no one has ever done. Let's just say it's an indication of what's to come."
Orange predicted last week that about 50% of its revenues will be from data services by 2006.
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