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February 23rd - 25th 1999

Adequate access to spectrum is key requirement for UMTS services
Cannes, France [STAND H20]: - On the eve of this year’s GSM World Congress, the UMTS Forum urges in a newly-published report UMTS/IMT-2000 Spectrum that timely access to adequate spectrum is a key requirement for the successful launch of UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) services.
"With a global market anticipated by the Forum to reach as many as 1.7billion mobile users by the year 2010, it is vital that governments act now to release sufficient spectrum to support UMTS/IMT-2000 services", says UMTS Forum Chairman Bernd Eylert:
"UMTS/IMT-2000 Spectrum is a major input towards the preparations for the World Radio Conference WRC-2000, and is considered by the Forum as a key catalyst towards the decision making process on spectrum allocations for UMTS/IMT-2000 in a number of countries world-wide."
Following studies by the Forum’s Spectrum Aspects Group (SAG), the new report follows on from the first report of the UMTS Forum (published 1997) which dealt with the regulatory framework and spectrum aspects for UMTS. Other reports from the Forum cover areas of technical aspects, economic conditions and licensing issues.
As a member of the IMT-2000 family, UMTS is recognised as the main opportunity to provide mobile multimedia services for the future mass market. UMTS will offer user data rates up to 2Mbps.
Specific recommendations contained in UMTS/IMT-2000 Spectrum include:
  • Spectrum as identified for UMTS/IMT-2000 in ITU Radio Regulations for terrestrial and satellite services should be made available by the year 2002 to meet market demand.
  • To meet market forecasts for TERRESTRIAL mobile services, a total spectrum amount of 582 MHz is calculated. A minimum additional 187 MHz is thus required for terrestrial services in urban areas by the year 2010 in EU15 states. This additional spectrum includes the requirements of public networks and non-public (license exempt) applications.
  • To meet the UMTS market forecast for SATELLITE services, a total of 2*123 MHz by the year 2005 and 2*145 MHz by the year 2010 is needed with a lower requirement in Europe. Therefore, an additional 2*8 MHz is required globally by the year 2005. In the year 2010 an additional 2*30 MHz is required in global hot-spots with lower requirements in EU15.
  • There is a need to designate spectrum for non-public (license exempt) UMTS applications to help build the market for mobile multimedia terminals and to stimulate a demand for public UMTS access.
  • The preferred minimum spectrum per operator is 2*15 MHz (paired) + 5 MHz (unpaired). Care should be taken that operators have enough spectrum if the additional spectrum is not available by the year 2005.
  • The UMTS Forum recommends further study into the flexible use of TDD and FDD techniques to improve efficient use of spectrum.
Visitors to the UMTS Forum’s booth on stand H20 at the 1999 GSM World Congress, Cannes can collect copies of the new report as well as the latest issue of MobilenniuM, the official newsletter of the UMTS Forum. These and other published reports and back-issues of MobilenniuM are also available on the UMTS Forum web site www.umts-forum.org.

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