Geneva, October 14th - UMTS Forum Chairman Dr Bernd Eylert made the
confident prediction in his keynote address at todays 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 tomorrows 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 years 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.