|WRC-07 “an exceptional opportunity to identify harmonised spectrum globally for IMT”, says UMTS Forum|
|Friday, 02 March 2007|
Speaking at the occasion of the Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM-07) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) this week, UMTS Forum Chairman Jean-Pierre Bienaimé stressed the importance of identifying sufficient harmonised spectrum globally to support future high data rate mobile broadband services.
Emphasising the UMTS Forum’s successful co-operation with ITU, Bienaimé particularly welcomed positive results from CPM-07. The meeting – which attracted more than 1000 delegates from almost 100 countries – has resulted in agreement of the CPM text which reflects now the UMTS Forum key messages on additional spectrum to support the development of IMT-2000 systems and systems beyond IMT-2000 ('IMT-Advanced'). The text also recognises the need to improve coverage in large areas of low population density.
Speaking at the opening of the CPM, ITU Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, said that participants should work to develop innovative approaches to managing spectrum to accommodate a range of new demands. These include additional spectrum for mobile communications, advanced aeronautical communications and global broadband satellite systems, while ensuring the protection of frequencies for preventing natural disasters and ensuring emergency communications.
“The UMTS Forum continues to enjoy a close and fruitful co-operation with ITU on a wide range of spectrum and other topics”, stated Jean-Pierre Bienaimé. “This month’s meeting has provided an unparalleled platform for the UMTS Forum to present its views on spectrum in advance of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) later this year. “WRC-07 is a landmark event that will significantly influence our mobile industry over the next decade and beyond”, added Bienaimé. “We value the unique opportunity that has been provided to us by ITU to present the views of many spectrum stakeholders who are directly interested in the development of public mobile communication networks.”
A dinner hosted in Geneva by the UMTS Forum attracted more than 120 attendees, including a significant number of national delegations. The event was also marked by the presence of the ITU Secretary-General, Dr. Touré, who emphasized the important role of bodies such as the UMTS Forum in supporting the work of ITU. Mr Houlin Zhao, ITU Deputy Secretary-General, Mr Valery Timofeev, Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau, and Mr Malcolm Johnson, Director of the Telecom Standardization Bureau, were also present at this event.
Dr. Touré expressed his satisfaction with the cooperation between ITU and the UMTS Forum in all three sectors of activities — spectrum management, standards-setting and telecommunication development. He also thanked the UMTS Forum for its role as a partner of Connect the World, a global ITU partnership initiative to connect the unconnected by 2015 in support of the connectivity goals of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Describing his immediate priorities, he called on the UMTS Forum and its members to cooperate with ITU in its efforts to bridge the digital divide and bring security in cyberspace.
Harmonised spectrum to meet future global market demand
Serving growth markets
The UMTS Forum is therefore urging that WRC-07 allocates the band 470-862 MHz on a co-primary basis for mobile services in all three ITU Regions and identifies for terrestrial IMT a globally harmonized sub-band. Thus a new Coverage Extension Band in the lower frequency bands will address part of WRC-07 Agenda Item 1.4 and its related Resolution 228. The UMTS Forum considers that at least 2 x 30 MHz of paired spectrum from the band 470-862 MHz would provide a viable minimum Coverage Extension Band for IMT-2000/UMTS.
Safeguarding UMTS/IMT-2000 systems against interference