February 23rd - 25th 1999
GLOBAL MOBILE SUPPLIERS ASSOCIATION BECOMES 3GPP MARKET REPRESENTATION PARTNER
February 23rd - 25th 1999, Cannes, France - The Global Mobile Suppliers
Association (GSA) has become the second Market Representation Partner
in the recently formed 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).
This follows the UMTS Forums accession as first Market Representation
Partner in December 1998.
The agreement was signed by ETSI director-general Karl Heinz Rosenbrock,
GSA president Alan Hadden and UMTS Forum chairman Bernd Eylert, on
the second day of the GSM World Congress 99 in Cannes. The agreement
consolidates the GSAs commitment to the promotion of GSM and its
Alan Hadden, president of the GSA, said: "Many of our member companies are
already investing heavily in GSM and future 3G developments. As a Market
Representation Partner in 3GPP, the GSA can harness the interests and
commitment of our members for the early successful launch of 3G services.
"Our fully-inclusive, cross-sector membership base will allow us to
contribute detailed knowledge of our customers requirements for 3G
from a broad and global perspective."
Karl Heinz Rosenbrock, director-general of ETSI, said: "ETSI firmly
believes that the way forward in standardising mobile telecoms is
through partnership. The 3GPP is further enforced by bringing in
industry representatives such as the GSA." UMTS Forum chairman Bernd
Eylert commented: "The UMTS Forum welcomes the GSA into 3GPP as its
second Market Representation Partner.
"With a worldwide mobile market anticipated to reach almost 2
billion users over the next decade, it is vital that we work together
to realise the full potential of third generation mass market for
wireless multimedia. Through our complementary work we aim to promote
the common goal of creating harmonised standards to the benefit of all