UMTS Forum welcomes ITU approval of IMT-2000 radio specifications
May 11 2000: Progress toward launch within the next two years of the
worlds first third generation (3G) mobile communications systems took
another major step forward last week with the approval of key technical
specifications for UMTS/IMT-2000.
Speaking at a joint social event hosted by The UMTS Forum and the GSM
Association to welcome delegates to the month-long WRC-2000 meeting in
Istanbul, Chairman of the UMTS Forum Dr Bernd Eylert welcomed the results
of last weeks (May 5) Radiocommunication Assembly meeting that approved
radio interface specifications for IMT-2000.
"This landmark decision by ITU reinforces the confidence of the global
investment community that UMTS/IMT-2000 is soon to become an exciting
reality", commented Dr Eylert. "A stable, approved set of radio interface
specification serves as a highly positive message to network operators,
equipment vendors and the content industries alike, who can now accelerate
their own business plans in anticipation of the first IMT-2000 network
launches." Japan is anticipated to be the first ITU region to launch
its own IMT-2000 networks in Summer 2001, followed closely by Europe
and selected other regions that will open first networks commercially
early in 2002.
The UMTS Forum is attending this months World Radio Conference (WRC-2000)
to voice its support of the ITU-Rs work relating to Agenda item 1.6.1,
proposing an additional 160MHz of terrestrial radio spectrum to support
the future global mass market for wireless multimedia services. Market
studies by the UMTS Forum have already indicated that this market will
exceed 2 billion mobile users worldwide before the end of the decade. The
Forum is urging administrations across all ITU Regions to make this
additional spectrum available on a globally harmonised basis by 2005-2010,
and is supporting candidacy of the frequency band 2500-2690MHz as the
"best-fit" choice to ensure the long-term success of IMT-2000.
The UMTS Forums Key Messages on additional
spectrum for IMT-2000 can be downloaded free of charge at www.umts-forum.org/brochures/WRC_leaflet.pdf (.PDF format).