FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 1999
"Let's Move Full Steam Ahead to Bring Next Generation Wireless Services to Our Customers"
CHICAGO, IL, June 3, 1999 -- The North American GSM Alliance, LLC today praised reports of an announced industry agreement for a global, harmonized Third Generation wireless CDMA standard that will provide a competitive multiple technologies approach.
"This is good news for American wireless phone companies and their customers. We hope that the process will now move forward quickly. Let's move full steam ahead to bring the benefits of high-speed, next generation wireless services to our customers," said Don Warkentin, Chairman of the North American GSM Alliance, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Aerial Communications. "This standard agreement preserves the North American tenet of multiple technologies and provides as much commonality as possible. It also ensures that U.S. wireless operators will continue to select the technology that works best for their networks and customers."
The 3G standard agreement was announced today by the Operators Harmonization Group (OHG) after a conducting a series of meetings to discuss the final technical parameters of a globally harmonized CDMA family of standards. The agreement is entitled ``Harmonized Global 3G (G3G) Technical Framework for ITU IMT-2000 CDMA Proposal'' and has been sent to both ITU TG8/1 and the 3rd-Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) hosted by ETSI.
The agreement addresses the requirements of both the WCDMA and cdma2000 communities by forming a specification for a direct-sequence mode for WCDMA, a multi-carrier mode for cdma2000 and a time division duplex (TDD) CDMA mode. The harmonized standard is expected to support the timely development of next-generation radio technology wherever needed.
"We support the OHG agreement," said Warkentin. "We believe this compromise solution will bring increased innovation, technological solutions and more benefits for consumers."
The North American GSM Alliance L.L.C. is a group of North America's leading digital wireless Personal Communication Services companies. By using Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications technology, Alliance companies provide superior voice clarity, unparalleled security and leading-edge wireless voice, data and fax features for customers, whether at home, away or abroad.
GSM Alliance members include: Aerial Communications, Inc., Airadigm Communications, Inc.; BellSouth Mobility DCS; Conestoga Wireless Company; Cook Inlet PCS; DIGIPH PCS; Iowa Wireless Services, LP; Microcell Telecommunications Inc.; NPI Wireless; Omnipoint Communications LLC; Pacific Bell Wireless; Powertel, Inc.; STPCS Joint Venture, LLC; TWS, Inc.; Western Total Communications; Western Wireless Corp.; and Wireless 2000 PCS. The GSM Alliance works in cooperation with North American GSM equipment manufacturers: Siemens, Motorola, Nortel Networks, Nokia and Ericsson.
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