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IMT-2000 radio interface specification approved

The group of radio experts on IMT-2000 approved a comprehensive set of terrestrial and satellite radio specifications for IMT-2000 at a recent meeting in Helsinki.

These specifications incorporate the flexibility required by existing mobile operators to evolve seamlessly thei...
The group of radio experts on IMT-2000 approved a comprehensive set of terrestrial and satellite radio specifications for IMT-2000 at a recent meeting in Helsinki.

These specifications incorporate the flexibility required by existing mobile operators to evolve seamlessly their pre-IMT-2000 networks towards third generation service capabilities, as well as meeting the needs of operators of new satellite and terrestrial systems.

The economic benefits of this new global standard should be felt by all member states of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as wireless access provides a cost effective solution to the 'telecommunications gap' between developed and developing countries.

The agreement also means that different mobile systems can be inter-worked and interoperable. Mobile terminal operators will be able to build units which work anywhere in the world regardless of the specific network or radio options chosen by the operator providing mobile services at that specific location.

Formal approval of these standards will take place at the ITU Radiocommunication Assembly from 1 to 5 May 2000, which, together with the approval of other standard development organisations working within the ITU, should allow IMT-2000 services to begin operation in 2001.
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