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October 15th 1999


Telecom 99 Geneva, October 15, 1999: Speaking in today’s interactive Summit Panel session, UMTS Forum Vice Chairman Josef Huber emphasised the role of network intelligence in enabling tomorrow’s mobile end-users to capitalise fully on the benefits that IMT-2000 ”third generation” mobile services will bring.

”More powerful user devices and bigger networked databases aren’t enough”, said Huber: ”What we need now is the network intelligence that will help tomorrow’s knowledge workers stay on top of the threat of inevitable information overflow.”

Huber illustrated how today’s GSM networks already contain a significant level of intelligence that the user is not directly aware of. This increased intelligence - coupled with flexible personal service profiling and guaranteed security - will be as important to the success of next-generation IMT-2000 mobile services as new radio access methods.

Huber also highlighted the urgent need for additional spectrum to support tomorrow’s mobile multimedia services.

”Worldwide mobile subscriber numbers have grown by 20,000 in the course of this 90 minute panel session alone, representing an additional spectrum overhead of 10kHz. Governments must act now to ensure that sufficient spectrum is released in good time to support mass-market growth in mobile services that will approach two billion users in the next decade.”

”Spectrum is a precious resource that will be the lifeblood of tomorrow’s broadband mobile multimedia services”, continued Huber: ” The fixed communications industry has been busy laying cables and fibre to meet explosive market growth’ and now the mobile industry must do likewise or we will face a capacity crunch.”

While the move to third generation networks will see dramatic increases in coding efficiency, this alone will not provide enough headroom to cater for projected market demand, stated Huber.

Huber also pinpointed the socio-economic driver that will define the uptake of future mobile services: ”A mobile workforce and increased teleworking are changing the way that business is conducted. We must create efficient tools for knowledge workers who may be permanently on the move.” Huber also remarked that increased pressures on the balance between user’s work and leisure time demanded more efficient information management services. ”Through the creation of a ’UMTS Portal’ that addresses these market needs, the worlds of IT and interactive content provision will be able to converge successfully to meet the real needs of mobile users.”

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