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Manx Telecom First To Switch On 3G Network In Europe

by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London

10 December 2001


Manx Telecom announced last week that it has switched on its Third Generation (3G) network and is the first 3G network in Europe to go live. 3G services on offer, in addition to voice calls over the network, include video telephony and high speed access to the Internet over a mobile device - shopping on the move or downloading a video clip of your favourite football team's winning goal are just two of the possibilities this will bring about, states the telecommunications company.

Mark Briers, director of the 3G project, said: 'In 1999, the Isle of Man Government showed faith in us by awarding us our 3G licence. We are delighted to be able to repay that faith by delivering for the Island one of the world's first live 3G networks. We are now embarking upon a programme of distributing handsets to allow the Island's businesses and consumers along with Manx Telecom to learn where mobile data applications can enrich our lives.'

The telecommunications company says it is aware that the rollout of 3G on the Island will be watched closely by other operators throughout Europe as they prepare for the introduction of their own 3G services. Manx Telecom is currently working on the next stage involving the development of a range of mobile data applications over its Isle of Man network using 3G handsets and other devices.


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