Business travellers are frustrated by the lack of roaming capabilities on GPRS mobile phones, and carriers must address the problem quickly, say telecoms analysts.
Katrina Bond, principle analyst for market watcher Analysys, told vnunet.com that GPRS subscribers in western Europe could hit six million by the end of next year, if carriers implement effective roaming arrangements in the next six months.
"Business travellers want access to data services when they're abroad and carriers must consider this target market," she explained.
"Operators need to form roaming partnerships and GPRS roaming exchanges. GPRS is a lot more difficult than GSM roaming, due to the lack of networks and incompatible software on some handsets," she added. "A lot of talking between networks operators and handset manufacturers needs to take place to address this issue."
Bond warned that carriers' minds may be focused on third-generation networks at the expense of GPRS.
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