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February 10th 2000

UMTS Forum welcomes APG’s backing for 2.5GHz extension band for IMT-2000

February 10th 2000: Support to the ITU’s work in identifying harmonised radio spectrum for future mobile multimedia services has taken another major step forward with recent news of a key decision by Asia-Pacific administrations.

Cross-industry group The UMTS Forum has welcomed proposals by the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Conference Preparatory Group (APG) for adoption of the frequency band lying between 2520MHz and 2670MHz as one of the favoured candidates to support the future growth of the terrestrial component of IMT-2000. The APG position was established at a meeting in Tokyo last week (31 Jan - 4 Feb) that was attended by several representatives of the UMTS Forum.

In a draft Resolution to be considered by WRC-2000 later this year, the APG proposes that administrations make up to 160MHz of additional spectrum available for IMT-2000, giving due consideration to the world-wide harmonisation of this spectrum for the terrestrial component of IMT-2000. In proposing the frequency band 2520MHz -2670MHz, APG recognises the need for additional spectrum beyond that already allocated for current first and second generation mobile systems around the world. The proposal also confirms APG’s priority for spectrum for the terrestrial component of IMT-2000.

"APG’s decision is a major breakthrough that endorses the work of the UMTS Forum in supporting the 2.5GHz candidate extension band for IMT-2000 as already proposed by CEPT", says UMTS Forum Chairman Dr Bernd Eylert. The need is to identify global additional frequency bands to support future terrestrial IMT-2000 "third generation" mobile multimedia services beyond those already identified by WARC-92. According to calculations made by the UMTS Forum, a further 160MHz of additional spectrum is required in all three global regions to support mobile multimedia traffic forecasts by the year 2010.

The UMTS Forum is currently preparing for this year’s World Radio Conference (WRC-2000) taking place in Istanbul, where it will continue to support the ITU’s work in identifying suitable extension bands in all three ITU Regions to support the future mass market for mobile multimedia services, and the consequential socio-economic benefits that IMT-2000 will deliver.

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