Telecom 99 Geneva, October 15, 1999: Speaking in todays interactive
Summit Panel session, UMTS Forum Vice Chairman Josef Huber emphasised
the role of network intelligence in enabling tomorrows mobile end-users
to capitalise fully on the benefits that IMT-2000 third generation
mobile services will bring.
More powerful user devices and bigger networked databases arent enough,
said Huber: What we need now is the network intelligence that will help
tomorrows knowledge workers stay on top of the threat of inevitable
Huber illustrated how todays GSM networks already contain a significant
level of intelligence that the user is not directly aware of.
This increased intelligence - coupled with flexible personal service
profiling and guaranteed security - will be as important to the success
of next-generation IMT-2000 mobile services as new radio access methods.
Huber also highlighted the urgent need for additional spectrum to support
tomorrows mobile multimedia services.
Worldwide mobile subscriber numbers have grown by 20,000 in the course of
this 90 minute panel session alone, representing an additional spectrum
overhead of 10kHz. Governments must act now to ensure that sufficient
spectrum is released in good time to support mass-market growth in mobile
services that will approach two billion users in the next decade.
Spectrum is a precious resource that will be the lifeblood of tomorrows
broadband mobile multimedia services, continued Huber: The fixed
communications industry has been busy laying cables and fibre to meet
explosive market growth and now the mobile industry must do likewise
or we will face a capacity crunch.
While the move to third generation networks will see dramatic increases
in coding efficiency, this alone will not provide enough headroom to
cater for projected market demand, stated Huber.
Huber also pinpointed the socio-economic driver that will define the
uptake of future mobile services: A mobile workforce and increased
teleworking are changing the way that business is conducted. We must
create efficient tools for knowledge workers who may be permanently on
the move. Huber also remarked that increased pressures on the balance
between users work and leisure time demanded more efficient information
management services. Through the creation of a UMTS Portal that
addresses these market needs, the worlds of IT and interactive content
provision will be able to converge successfully to meet the real needs
of mobile users.