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July 28, 1998

Alliance statement on Senate Resolution

Washington, D.C., September 3, 1998 --- A U.S. Sense of the Senate Resolution was approved yesterday which said:

  1. The International Telecommunications Union, an agency of the United Nations, is currently developing recommendations for world standards for the next generation of wireless telecommunications services based on the concept of a "family" of standards.
  2. On June 30, 1998, the Department of State submitted four proposed standards to the ITU for consideration in the development of those recommendations.
  3. Adoption of an open and inclusive set of multiple standards, including all four submitted by the Department of State, would enable existing systems to operate with the next generation of wireless standards.
  4. It is critical to the interests of the United States that existing systems be given this ability.
It is the sense of the Senate that the Federal Communications Commission and appropriate executive branch agencies take all appropriate actions to promote development, by the ITU, of recommendations for digital wireless telecommunications services based on a family of open and inclusive multiple standards, including all four standards submitted by the Department of State, so as to allow operation of existing systems with the next generation of wireless standards.

North American GSM Alliance Statement:

"We applaud the Senate's resolution supporting multiple Third Generation Wireless digital standards, including each of the four standards submitted by the U.S. Government to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

"It reaffirms the decision of the Federal Communications Commission and the State Department to submit to the ITU all standards developed by the private sector, rather than to favor one standard over another.

"The U.S. Government has consistently supported the creation of multiple technologies that can compete in the market, and refused to dictate or interfere with private sector technology choices. The resulting competition among technologies has brought innovation in features and services, as well as lower prices, to consumers

"The Senate's resolution further reaffirms the successful U.S. position: Let the marketplace decide!"

"With more than 2 million customers in nearly 1,600 cities in 42 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. GSM service operators support the protection of multiple standards and the ability to evolve our existing systems to the next generation of wireless standards.

"GSM operators, in addition to investing billions of dollars to establish their networks and launch their services in America have created more than 10,500 new U.S. direct jobs, with an estimated additional 25,000 new U.S. employees involved in service, manufacturing and associated jobs. GSM equipment manufacturers have facilities in a variety of U.S. locations including Raleigh, NC, Richardson, Texas and Lynchburg, VA.


For Additional Information, Contact:

Mike Houghton
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