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October 14th 1999

IMT-2000 BECOMING A REALITY!- Last pieces of the 3G puzzle fall into place

Geneva, October 14th - UMTS Forum Chairman Dr Bernd Eylert made the confident prediction in his keynote address at today’s Interactive Summit that UMTS/IMT-2000 is firmly on schedule to become a reality by 2002 as mandated by the ITU.

”With work on technical standardization almost complete and intense preparatory work by regulators underway, the stage is now set to capitalize on the 1 billion user opportunity that UMTS will enable over the next 5 years”, commented Dr Eylert.

”With the award of as many as 100 3G licenses anticipated within the next few years, operators, manufacturers and the content industry now have a firm signal that third- generation mobile services are a vital component in the creation of tomorrow’s Information Society”, continued Dr Eylert.

Dr Eylert also confirmed that the 188-member strong UMTS Forum continues to play an active role in the UMTS/IMT-2000 preparation process, providing valuable inputs to next year’s WRC2000 meeting that will identify additional spectrum to support the global mass market for mobile multimedia as it matures over the next decade. Representing all sectors of the next-generation mobile industry, the UMTS Forum has already created an effective ”toolkit” to help regulators and investors prepare for 3G, covering concrete recommendations on minimum spectrum for IMT-2000 plus guidelines on licensing conditions and anticipated market size for future mobile multimedia services.




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