ABI Research reports that GSM operators are increasingly focused on Evolved EDGE as a viable alternative to 3G network upgrades in 2008 and beyond. Evolved EDGE promises to deliver data rates equivalent to 3G while utilizing existing GSM spectrum licenses. It is a good news for areas where 3G isn't available, they would be able to get a better coverage and higher data rates. For operators also it is a good news, they would upgrade relatively simply their EDGE networks with a mere software upgrade and a new handset.
The Evolved EDGE market should reach over 500m subscribers worldwide by 2011 and generate some $25m in revenues from network upgrades and mobile devices during 2008-2011.