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This paper outlines the work undertaken in the design and implementation of a 3rd generation mobile telephone network in the Isle of Man. From the very beginning the Manx Telecom 3G project adopted an applications-centric design philosophy. That is, all design and planning decisions were based on consideration of the desired end user experience, considering network quality, service coverage and performance of new data applications. The project has allowed new and valuable lessons to be learned about IP performance over a radio interface.