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Friday, 26 July 2002

Mobile industry body The UMTS Forum has welcomed the US Administration's decision this week (22 July) to start the process to allocate 90MHz of radio spectrum for third generation mobile services.

A report from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recommends clearing two tranches of spectrum currently used for federal and other purposes. The frequencies identified for release at the latest by 2008 cover 45 MHz in the 1710-1755 MHz band paired with 45 MHz within the 2110-2170 MHz band, occupying regions identified by global administrations for IMT-2000 at the landmark WRC-2000 meeting.

"Although availability of these frequencies still lies some years ahead, this decisive move by the Bush Administration to harmonise its 3G spectrum plans with the rest of the world sends an extremely positive message to the global mobile industry as a whole", comments UMTS Forum Chairman Bernd Eylert. "It's great news for mobile operators and equipment manufacturers. Most importantly, the real winners will be mobile end users who can potentially benefit from simplified global roaming and the possibility of cheaper 3G terminal devices."

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