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3GPP Partners propose IMT-Advanced radio technology
Press Release - 8th October 2009

The 3GPP Partners, which unite more than 370 leading mobile technology companies, made a formal submission to the ITU yesterday, proposing that LTE Release 10 & beyond (LTE-Advanced) be evaluated as a candidate for IMT-Advanced.

The ITU had set a deadline of 7 October for proposals to be received and 3GPP responded by submitting a comprehensive description of LTE-Advanced, an evolution of the LTE technology which has received considerable support from the world’s leading mobile operators. The submission was made jointly in the name of the 3GPP Organizational Partners: ARIB, ATIS, CCSA, ETSI, TTA and TTC, which represent the North American, European and Asian regions and make 3GPP a truly global initiative.

Adrian Scrase, Head of the 3GPP Mobile Competence Centre, speaking in Geneva at the ITU Telecom 2009 Forum, stressed the evolutionary aspects of the LTE-Advanced proposal, commenting: “More than 30 operators have already announced their intention to deploy the LTE technology, and the evolution possibilities of LTE Release 10 & beyond provides security for their investments for many years to come.”

Full details of the proposal can be downloaded from the 3GPP website at:

RP-090736 (Cover sheet)

RP-090939 (3GPP Submission Package for IMT-Advanced) [->]

The 3GPP RAN Chairmans' presentation to the ITU-R WP 5D Third Workshop on IMT-Advanced gives the best introduction to the 3GPP proposal...(See pdf file).

Notes for Editors

Press Contact information :

Kevin Flynn

Marketing and Communications Officer, 3GPP

Tel: +33 4 9294 4258



About 3GPP
3GPP brings together six standards organizations from Asia, North America and Europe to publish mobile standards. 3GPP has recently completed the functionality for LTE by Freezing Release 8 of the Standard, an achievement that will allow operators to realize early deployment plans. In 2009, 3GPP Release 9 will expand the functionality of Release 8 as well as laying solid foundations for LTE-Advanced, 3GPP's response to the ITU's call for 4th generation systems (IMT-Advanced). 3GPP has a website ( containing all specifications and latest drafts free-of-charge.

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