Forum Pushes for Indian UMTS

UMTS Forum says 3G UMTS is the way forward for India, will future-proof Indian mobile operators' existing investments in GSM

April 23, 2004

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LONDON -- The UMTS Forum Chairman, Jean-Pierre Bienaimé yesterday emphasised on UMTS being India's best choice for 3G platform. He underlined the benefits of adopting W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) radio access technology which provides a clear path ahead for Indian mobile operators evolving to 3G UMTS and beyond.

"3G UMTS 'future-proofs' Indian mobile operators' existing investments in GSM - the world's number one choice of wireless technology, leveraging the enormous economies of an open system", indicated Jean-Pierre Bienaimé, while addressing the India Mobility Summit 2004, hosted by the Institute for International Research (IIR) in New Delhi.

Outlining the key benefits of the 3G UMTS technology, Bienaimé said, "3G UMTS offers significant future additional capacity in fresh radio spectrum at lower incremental cost, allowing Indian operators to upgrade their existing networks, enabling them to well address the exponential increase in cellular traffic in India, provide superior quality and offer an array of services and applications on this technology, in a cost efficient manner." He also stated that by adopting W-CDMA radio access technology in harmonised frequency bands identified universally for IMT-2000, India could align itself with the global mobile telecommunications industry.

Bienaimé stressed the importance of including 3G UMTS in India's regulatory and technology decisions so that the country can participate in the global UMTS opportunity: "In the global family of third generation mobile technologies, UMTS is the natural evolutionary choice for operators of GSM networks, presently representing 75% of the global mobile customer base. We believe that India will greatly benefit from a timely 3G licensing process. With the availability of a vast pool of talented and skilled manpower, India can play a vital role in providing R&D and software and application development support in areas such as computing infrastructure, multiple access technologies, channel coding, etc. to the enormous global marketplace that is enabled by 3G UMTS."

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