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February 23rd - 25th 1999

February 23rd - 25th 1999, Cannes, France - The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has become the second Market Representation Partner in the recently formed 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). This follows the UMTS Forum’s accession as first Market Representation Partner in December 1998.
The agreement was signed by ETSI director-general Karl Heinz Rosenbrock, GSA president Alan Hadden and UMTS Forum chairman Bernd Eylert, on the second day of the GSM World Congress 99 in Cannes. The agreement consolidates the GSA’s commitment to the promotion of GSM and its future evolution.
Alan Hadden, president of the GSA, said: "Many of our member companies are already investing heavily in GSM and future 3G developments. As a Market Representation Partner in 3GPP, the GSA can harness the interests and commitment of our members for the early successful launch of 3G services.
"Our fully-inclusive, cross-sector membership base will allow us to contribute detailed knowledge of our customers’ requirements for 3G from a broad and global perspective."
Karl Heinz Rosenbrock, director-general of ETSI, said: "ETSI firmly believes that the way forward in standardising mobile telecoms is through partnership. The 3GPP is further enforced by bringing in industry representatives such as the GSA." UMTS Forum chairman Bernd Eylert commented: "The UMTS Forum welcomes the GSA into 3GPP as its second Market Representation Partner.
"With a worldwide mobile market anticipated to reach almost 2 billion users over the next decade, it is vital that we work together to realise the full potential of third generation mass market for wireless multimedia. Through our complementary work we aim to promote the common goal of creating harmonised standards to the benefit of all our customers."

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