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January 26, 1999
WASHINGTON - The North American GSM Alliance today praised the U.S. government for pushing the European Community to embrace a "global" family of Third Generation wireless standards. The International Telecommunication Union is expected to make standards recommendations early this year. In a news release dated January 20, responding to a letter from EC Commissioner for Telecommunications Martin Bangemann, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Secretary of Commerce and the FCC Chairman urged the EC to use the ITU recommendations as the basis of its Third Generation policy.
"We agree with the U.S. government that all standards which emerge from the ITU should be recognized by EC member states and other countries," said Don Warkentin, chairman of the North American GSM Alliance, and president and chief executive officer of Aerial Communications. "Decisions about which wireless standards are used are best left to the global marketplace. The ITU's adoption of a family of standards will allow marketplace competition to proceed.
The North American GSM Alliance supports a multiple standards policy. The multiple standards policy in effect in the United States during the current wireless generation encourages competition and innovation, which have led to better services and lower prices for consumers.
The North American GSM Alliance, L.L.C. is a group of U.S. and Canadian digital wireless PCS carriers, which provide wireless communications for nearly 3 million customers in more than 2,400 cities and towns in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and four Canadian provinces. Using Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications, GSM companies provide superior voice clarity, unparalleled security and leading-edge wireless voice, data and fax features for customers. There are 135 million GSM customers in 129 countries worldwide.
GSM Alliance members include: Aerial Communications, Inc., Airadigm Communications, Inc.; BellSouth Mobility DCS; Conestoga Wireless Company; Cook Inlet PCS; DIGIPH PCS; Iowa Wireless Services, L.P.; Microcell Telecommunications Inc.; NPI Wireless; Omnipoint Communications LLC; Pacific Bell Wireless; Powertel, Inc.; Telecom Wireless Solutions; Western Total Communications; Western Wireless Corp.; and Wireless 2000 PCS. The GSM Alliance works in cooperation with North American GSM equipment manufacturers: Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel and Siemens.
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