According to sources quoted by
, the company is cutting the speeds for third-generation, or 3G, networks to 64 kilobytes per second, from 144 to 384 kilobytes, in order to simplify its network construction and save money.
The move means the networks will be less suitable for high-bandwidth transmissions, like video.
reported Vodafone was asking handset manufacturers to build equipment compatible with both U.S. and European 3G standards. Vodafone holds a 45% stake in U.S. telephone and wireless company
and plans to offer a single worldwide service to customers of both.
One analyst quoted by
said such dual compatibility would not be available until 2004.