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European UMTS900 decision welcomed by 3GPP Market Partners

3GPP Market Representation Partners have played their part in encouraging the European Paliament to amend the GSM Directive (87/372/EEC) to allow the use of the 900 MHz band for 3G networks.

In Europe the band has been reserved for GSM, but many operators have supported a change to the Directive to allow them to deliver new services.

Alan Hadden, President, GSA said in their press release of today:

“This groundbreaking spectrum agreement in Brussels enables more Europeans to benefit from mobile broadband services. It is a clear signal to all regulators to prepare the path in their respective markets for a new wave of HSPA deployments in the 900 MHz band.”




Evolution to LTE

Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) publishes update to Evolution to LTE Information Paper

This is a concise Information Paper of the business drivers, objectives and targets for LTE - Long Term Evolution and SAE - System Architecture Evolution, including network operator commitments and deployment/launch plans, device/platforms availability, agreement on licensing IPR, latest trials results, spectrum, and plans for future evolution of LTE for consideration for the ITU IMT-Advanced standard.



3G Americas publishes its Mobile Broadband Evolution White paper

Entitled 'The Mobile Broadband Evolution: 3GPP Release 8 and Beyond', the paper fully explores HSPA+, SAE/LTE and LTE-Advanced from a technical, business and applications approach and makes comparisons to other mobile broadband technologies.



3G Evolution Steps Confirmed by Multiple Operators for HSPA+, LTE and EDGE Evolution

New GSA summary of network deployments, launches status, trends and evolution of GSM/EDGE, WCDMA, HSPA, HSPA+ and LTE

The latest issue of the GSA GSM/3G Market Update is now [available for
download->http://www.gsacom.com/gsm_3g/market_update.php4#GSA_GSM_3G_Network_Update_Feb2009] with a concise 4-page summary of network deployments, launches status, trends and evolution of GSM/EDGE, WCDMA, HSPA, HSPA+ and LTE systems.



Timely access to spectrum is essential for India

Timely access to spectrum is essential for India to keep pace with mobile broadband developments worldwide.

3G industry association the UMTS Forum (www.umts-forum.org) congratulates India’s Ministry of Communications & IT for having publicly presented and clarified on 12 December at India Telecoms 2008 the details of licensing and other conditions for the 3G & BWA auctions that are expected to take place by end January 2009. At present India has over 325 million mobile subscribers, projected to increase to 650 million by end 2012.



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