EASTERN EUROPE GEARS UP FOR IMT-2000 - UMTS Forum participates in ITU seminar for 20 Eastern European, Baltic and Commonwealth of Independent States administrations
Warsaw, Poland, 21-23 February 2000: [Cross-industry group] The UMTS Forum
has welcomed this week the initiative by the ITU and the Polish government
and administration to host a unique seminar on IMT-2000 for the benefit of
the Eastern European, Baltic and C.I.S. regions. Taking place in Warsaw,
the session served to raise awareness and answer administrators questions
about IMT-2000, with a special focus on the far-reaching socio-economic
opportunities offered by third-generation mobile communications networks
and the various proposals for the identification of additional spectrum.
Top Polish ministerial officials - as well as operators, universities
and other industry representatives - are attending the meeting alongside
20 administrators from the region to hear presentations on technical
standards, spectrum and regulatory issues from speakers representing
The ITU, CEPT, CITEL APT, ERO, APG WRC, The UMTS Forum, UWCC, Japan,
Korea, The Netherlands, Poland and the USA, as well as manufacturers
and an operator.
UMTS Forum Vice Chairman Josef Hubers presentation focused on the
future vision of IMT-2000 and the services that it will enable. In his
role as CEPT co-ordinator for IMT-2000 at WRC-2000, the UMTS Forums
Spectrum Aspects Group Chairman Tim Hewitt presented a summary of
the comprehensive CEPT preparations for WRC-2000 and the recently
agreed European Common Proposals aimed at identifying sufficient
globally-harmonised radio spectrum to support the future global mass
market for mobile multimedia services. The Forums Regulatory Aspects
Group Thomas Sidenbladh addressed the seminar on the importance of free
global circulation of IMT-2000 terminals.
The event was also addressed by Sabah Towaiji from the Canadian
Administration, who presented the still-developing CITEL views and drew
attention to the dramatic growth and increase in global mobile penetration
rates and the requirement for global additional spectrum to be identified
at the forthcoming WRC.
"With the WRC-2000 in Istanbul fast approaching, this seminar serves as
an invaluable opportunity for administrators from the Eastern European,
Baltic States and Commonwealth of Independent States to learn more about
IMT-2000 at first hand", said Stephen Blust, chairman of the new ITU
Working Party 8F on IMT-2000. "We are indebted to the ITU for promoting
this enormously valuable event that will undoubtedly play a key role
in helping administrators from the regions to shape their understanding
and enthusiasm for IMT-2000."
Mr. Houlin Zhao, director of the ITU/TSB, said: "The co-operation of
industry forums and partnerships with the ITU has been an essential
element in the successful development of IMT-2000. It is essential that
the message of IMT-2000 is spread throughout the world and events such
as this seminar are part of this process".
In his opening remarks to the meeting, The Minister of Posts and
Telecommunications H.E. Mr. Srebro noted that the successful deployment
of IMT-2000 in Poland is vital for the future development of Polish
telecommunications market and that Poland was thus pleased to host this
The UMTS Forum has already highlighted the need for a minimum of 160MHz of
additional globally-identified spectrum to meet future market needs for
the terrestrial element of IMT-2000, and has identified 2520-2670MHz as
the most suitable candidate to provide the majority of this additional
spectrum needed. The Forum was very pleased to note that important
new synergies were now evident within the common views of the regional
organisations present at the ITU Seminar.