UMTS 'Third Generation' Cellular
UMTS has the support of many major telecommunications operators and manufacturers because it represents a unique opportunity to create a mass market for highly personalised and user friendly mobile access to the Information Society.
UMTS seeks to build on and extend the capability of todays mobile, cordless and satellite technologies by providing increased capacity, data capability and a far greater range of services using an innovative radio access scheme and an enhanced, evolving core network.
Spectrum for UMTS
How and When?
- Creating an adequate regulatory framework
- Ensuring availability of licences
- Allocating adequate spectrum to operators
- Producing timely UMTS standards
- Encouraging simultaneous uptake of UMTS in several countries to stimulate uptake of services in a world-wide market.
- Full commercial phase (2002-2005), with performance and capability enhancements, and the introduction of new, sophisticated UMTS services.
Phases Towards the Development of UMTS
- Extension of GSMs capability with packet and high speed data operation
- Pre-UMTS Trial Phase either in subsets of real GSM networks or in isolated packet-based networks
- Basic deployment phase in 2002, including the incorporation of UTRA base stations into "live" networks and the launch of satellite-based UMTS services
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