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Defining “4G”: Understanding the ITU Process for IMT-Advanced

3G Americas, a wireless industry group supporting the GSM family of technologies in the Americas, has published an updated white paper on the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) process in defining IMT-Advanced or “4G.”  The white paper entitled, “Defining 4G: Understanding the ITU Process for the Next Generation of Wireless Technology,” has been updated to provide the timeline, progress and status of the work at the ITU in establishing the definition of the future IMT-Advanced wireless telecommunications standard. 

Chris Pearson, President of 3G Americas stated, “The ITU has worked diligently in establishing the requirements for IMT-Advanced. The subsequent evaluation of the candidate technologies by ITU will pave the way for the next generation of wireless.”

3G Americas initially created this white paper one year ago to provide clear understanding regarding the work-in-progress by the ITU, the sole organization responsible for determining the specifications for IMT-Advanced.  The current paper updates the considerable progress made by the ITU, establishing a basis for what should be included in an IMT-Advanced system.  After several years of ongoing consultations with the global telecommunications community, the Radiocommunication Sector of the ITU (ITU-R) is close to releasing a full set of documentation outlining the establishment of an agreed upon and globally accepted definition that encompasses the important elements of business success in the wireless industry. ITU has provided its IMT-Advanced requirements incorporating all the key aspects of successful wireless technologies such as market services, technology, spectrum and regulatory elements in its mid-year 2008 work.  This set of requirements is the metric by which technologies and systems can, in the near future, be determined to be a part of IMT- Advanced and in doing so, earn the right to be considered 4G.

Commencing in March 2008 and though 2009, ITU-R has an open call for the first invitation of IMT-Advanced candidates. Subsequent to the close of the submission period for the first invitation, an assessment of those candidates' technologies and systems will be conducted under the established ITU-R process, guidelines, and timeframes for this IMT-Advanced “first invitation.”  The culmination of this open process will be an IMT-Advanced family that will someday build upon the success of IMT-2000 3G technologies the world over. 

The white paper, Defining 4G: Understanding the ITU Process for the Next Generation of Wireless Technology is available for free download at http://www.3gamericas.org/.