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Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) is a digital mobile phone technology that allows increased data transmission rates as a backward-compatible extension of GSM. EDGE is considered a 2.75G network as it is a pre-3G wireless standard, falling short of the speed requirements set for 3G networks but significantly faster than 2G (GSM).

EDGE is used for the delivery of multimedia and other data applications, including web browsing, video streaming, and file downloads. It can reach speeds up to 384 Kbps, which is approximately three times the data rate of GSM.

While EDGE has largely been replaced by faster technologies like 3G (UMTS, HSPA) and 4G (LTE) in most parts of the world, it can still serve as a fallback for these networks where coverage is sparse.

The main advantages of EDGE over GSM include:

  • Higher data speeds: This means quicker data transfers, faster mobile internet, and smoother streaming of audio and video.
  • Improved quality of service: This can allow for more advanced and reliable mobile services.
  • Backwards compatibility: EDGE can be implemented in networks that already use GSM just by upgrading the existing base stations, which can be cheaper than having to install an entirely new network.

Remember, EDGE is now considered a legacy technology, as telecommunications companies around the world are now deploying 5G networks, which promise even faster speeds and lower latency.

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