Thomas Beijer, Chairman of the UMTS Forum says: "The availability
of spectrum is a key ingredient for the successful development of the future
Information Society. It is important that WRC 99 continues to build on
its earlier spectrum decisions in 1992, and to reach worldwide agreement."
The Forum has investigated the market demand and spectrum requirements
for mobile services in Europe during the next 15 years. The findings show
an additional need of 185Mhz for terrestrial and 30Mhz for satellite services
after 2005, in order to cope with the increasing number of users and the
additional traffic through wideband applications.
A video illustrated the services and applications which may develop,
such as electronic commerce, remote banking services, video conferencing,
transmission of electronic postcards and access to database information.
The UMTS Forum is seeking support to discuss the spectrum requirements
at the next World Radio Conference (WRC) in 1999/2000. The Forum expects
a decision to be taken at this time.