Vodafone UK Makes First 3G Voice Call

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Vodafone UK

    NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Vodafone UK today announces that it has
 successfully conducted the UK's first live voice call over its third
 generation (3G) network.  Together with Ericsson, Vodafone UK's principal 3G
 infrastructure supplier, the call was made this afternoon from a prototype 3G
 mobile from one of Vodafone's six chosen 3G handset manufacturers, over
 Vodafone's initial 3G network of 30 radio base stations in the Thames Valley.
     "Our announcement of the first 3G voice call marks yet another significant
 milestone in the development of our multimedia services and forms part of our
 rollout plans for 3G mobile," commented Gavin Darby, Chief Operating Officer
 of Vodafone UK.  "We successfully launched our GPRS (General Packet Radio
 Service) network on 2 April which provides customers with faster data-speeds,
 'always on' connectivity and greater cost effectiveness as we introduce
 billing based on quantity of data transferred rather than time 'on-line.'"
     He continued, "The introduction of GPRS is an integral part of the
 evolution towards 3G, enabling the development of Vodafone's 3G and GPRS
 services and applications.  We are already seeing the introduction of new and
 innovative services that customers can benefit from here and now.  The advent
 of a new generation of mobile multimedia services will enable our customers to
 live more of their lives through their mobile device and we are delighted to
 be at the forefront of these developments."
     "Ericsson is very proud to be principal supplier to leading operators like
 Vodafone that want to pioneer and get a head start in the highly competitive
 new market of GPRS (2.5 G) and 3G," said Mats Dahlin, Executive Vice President
 and Head of Ericsson's Mobile Systems Division.  "It is a sign of confidence
 in Ericsson's ability to bring the latest mobile technology to work, using
 global and stable standards in which Ericsson has been a major driving force
 since the birth of mobile telephony."
     A progressive roll out of Vodafone's 3G network has been underway since
 Autumn 2000 and it is anticipated that commercial 3G services will be launched
 in the second half of 2002.  At launch it is likely that major conurbations
 and transportation routes will be the principal focus and by 2007, Vodafone
 hopes to have exceeded its license obligation of covering 80% of the UK's
 population.
     Dual mode handsets (3G/GPRS) are key to Vodafone's strategy for delivering
 real 3G services to customers at launch.  Vodafone is working together with a
 number of different terminal manufacturers such as Casio, Ericsson,
 Mitsubishi, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic and Siemens to achieve this aim.
 
 

SOURCE Vodafone UK
    NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Vodafone UK today announces that it has
 successfully conducted the UK's first live voice call over its third
 generation (3G) network.  Together with Ericsson, Vodafone UK's principal 3G
 infrastructure supplier, the call was made this afternoon from a prototype 3G
 mobile from one of Vodafone's six chosen 3G handset manufacturers, over
 Vodafone's initial 3G network of 30 radio base stations in the Thames Valley.
     "Our announcement of the first 3G voice call marks yet another significant
 milestone in the development of our multimedia services and forms part of our
 rollout plans for 3G mobile," commented Gavin Darby, Chief Operating Officer
 of Vodafone UK.  "We successfully launched our GPRS (General Packet Radio
 Service) network on 2 April which provides customers with faster data-speeds,
 'always on' connectivity and greater cost effectiveness as we introduce
 billing based on quantity of data transferred rather than time 'on-line.'"
     He continued, "The introduction of GPRS is an integral part of the
 evolution towards 3G, enabling the development of Vodafone's 3G and GPRS
 services and applications.  We are already seeing the introduction of new and
 innovative services that customers can benefit from here and now.  The advent
 of a new generation of mobile multimedia services will enable our customers to
 live more of their lives through their mobile device and we are delighted to
 be at the forefront of these developments."
     "Ericsson is very proud to be principal supplier to leading operators like
 Vodafone that want to pioneer and get a head start in the highly competitive
 new market of GPRS (2.5 G) and 3G," said Mats Dahlin, Executive Vice President
 and Head of Ericsson's Mobile Systems Division.  "It is a sign of confidence
 in Ericsson's ability to bring the latest mobile technology to work, using
 global and stable standards in which Ericsson has been a major driving force
 since the birth of mobile telephony."
     A progressive roll out of Vodafone's 3G network has been underway since
 Autumn 2000 and it is anticipated that commercial 3G services will be launched
 in the second half of 2002.  At launch it is likely that major conurbations
 and transportation routes will be the principal focus and by 2007, Vodafone
 hopes to have exceeded its license obligation of covering 80% of the UK's
 population.
     Dual mode handsets (3G/GPRS) are key to Vodafone's strategy for delivering
 real 3G services to customers at launch.  Vodafone is working together with a
 number of different terminal manufacturers such as Casio, Ericsson,
 Mitsubishi, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic and Siemens to achieve this aim.
 
 SOURCE  Vodafone UK