What is GPRS?

GPRS stands for General Packet Radio Service and is the method data transfer on 2G mobile phone networks. GPRS was launched in 2001 by the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network to provide internet access for mobile users.

GPRS services have slower data rates than are available with newer 4G LTE and 5G high speed cellular networks - promising rates more similar to dial up internet connection up to 114 Kbps and continuous connection to the Internet for mobile phone and computer users. GPRS evolved into EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Evolution) that provided faster data transfer rates up to 384Kbps. GPRS and EDGE have been largely superseded by 3G and 4G LTE mobile data technologies.

GPS and GPRS

In GPS vehicle tracking systems, GPRS data services can be used to transmit telematics data back to centralised servers when more advanced mobile networks are not available. However as older GSM networks are retired and replaced with higher data rate communication services, GPRS networks are becoming less common throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

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