May 27 1999, Seoul, Korea: - The GSM Association and China Wireless
Telecommunication Standard (CWTS) today joined as new members of the Third
Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). Cross-industry group the UMTS
Forum - who previously joined 3GPP as its first Market Representation
partner in 1998 - has welcomed the new partners. Dr Bernd Eylert,
Chairman of the UMTS Forum, remarked:
It is great news that the Partnership Project has now been joined by
the worlds leading operators organisation on digital cellular mobile
systems as well as the standardisation body of the worlds fastest-growing
mobile communications market. This move speeds the global standardisation
process within the ITU, and emphasises customer-driven needs for mobile
multimedia services and their availability. This is exactly in accord
with the UMTS Forums own vision.
GSM Association and CWTS representatives are welcomed as new partners in 3GPP
During the meeting of the 3GPP Organisation Partners in Seoul, Dr
Eylert emphasised that the UMTS Forum will contribute its own expertise
in the area of market and business knowledge, spectrum issues and
regulatory impact in the Partnership. This will help to ensure that 3G
standardisation meets the requirements of the mass market, projected by
the Forum to reach more than 1.7billion users globally by 2010.
The specific views on mobile multimedia of the IT, media and content
industries are also taken into account as a result of intensified dialogue
already established by the Forum, which is a key value added benefit to
the Partnership, added Dr Eylert.