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Data traffic will grow by 33x before 2020, says UMTS Forum
As operators face the challenge of more demand for mobile services and the limited available capacity to deliver them, a call has been made for additional spectrum to be found.

In their new White Paper the UMTS Forum urges the ITU to examine spectrum requirements for 3GPP systems as well as broader IMT systems, to identify the potential for harmonized spectrum at its future conferences.

The Forum urges that additional spectrum should be allocated.

UMTS Forum Recommendations:

  • The World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12) should adopt an Agenda Item for the WRC-15, allowing the identification of additional IMT spectrum;

  • The ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) should conduct during the next study period (between WRC-12 and WRC-15) thorough studies on future IMT spectrum requirements;

  • The ITU should urge countries to coordinate their actions in order to harmonise IMT spectrum both before and during the WRC-15.

The new UMTS Forum White Paper ‘Spectrum for future development of IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced’ is available FREE at http://bit.ly/xrzmNR

About WRC-12

WRC-12 is held by Radiocommunication Sector of the ITU (ITU-R). World Radiocommunication Conference has the remit to review and, as necessary, revise regulations that govern the use of radio-frequency spectrum for communication and other purposes.

WRC-12 features on its agenda a number of items relating to the current and future use of radio spectrum for communications – specifically IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced (“4th Generation”) mobile broadband systems...more


The UMTS Forum participates actively in the work of the ITU, EC, ETSI, 3GPP and CEPT as well as other technical and commercial organisations globally. It also contributes to the timely licensing and deployment of mobile broadband globally through regular dialogue with regulators and responses to public consultations.

Membership of the UMTS Forum draws together everyone with an interest in mobile broadband, including network operators, regulators and the manufacturers of network infrastructure and terminal equipment.

For more information:

Chris Solbé
UMTS Forum Press Office
E-mail: press@umts-forum.org
Web: www.umts-forum.org

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