December 11th 1998:
UMTS FORUM JOINS 3GPP
Dec 11th 1998, Juan les Pins, France: - At its General Assembly held in
Juan les Pins, France this week, the UMTS (Universal Mobile
Telecommunications System) Forum agreed to apply for membership as a Market
Representative Partner in the 3rd Generation Partnership Project set up by
the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in close
co-operation with four other regional standardization bodies.
The agreement was presented by Karl Heinz Rosenbrock, Director General,
ETSI, acting on behalf of the 3GPP and signed by Thomas Beijer, Chairman of
the UMTS Forum.
"The UMTS Forum welcomes the initiative to create a global structure to
address technical specifications for the third generation mobile system.
This will ensure that future regional standards for this purpose will be
consistent, compatible and allow unrestricted roaming and service
portability across nations and regions for the benefit of the users and the
communications industry as a whole", Thomas Beijer comments.
Karl Heinz Rosenbrock added: "The UMTS Forum is the first Market
Representation Partner to join the 3GPP. As standardization should meet real
market needs, we in the 3rd Generation Partnership Project welcome and
appreciate the high competence of the UMTS Forum that can well be used in
order to identify market requirements and thus assist us in our difficult
A Market Representation Partner is any organization that has been invited by
the Organizational Partners to take part in 3GPP, irrespective of
geographical location, brings pertinent competencies, and which:
has the ability to offer advice to 3GPP and to bring into 3GPP a consensus
view of market requirements (e.g., services, features and functionality)
falling within the 3GPP scope;
does not have the capability and authority to define, publish and set
standards within the 3GPP scope, nationally or regionally;
has committed itself to all or part of the 3GPP scope; and
has signed this Agreement.
Thomas Beijer further comments: "The UMTS Forum sees the third generation
mobile system as an outstandingly important industry venture for the 21st
century and we are convinced that all interested companies and associations
should join forces and work closely together to achieve the goals".