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Third-Generation Partnership Project 2 Expands Its Partners

Beijing, China, July 25, 2000

This week, five globally recognized Standards Development Organizations (SDOs): ARIB (Japan), CWTS (China), TIA (USA), TTA (Korea), and TTC (Japan) - were joined as Partners by a Market Representation Partner (MRP), the Mobile Wireless Internet Forum (MWIF). MWIF is the second MRP to join the SDOs, following the CDMA Development Group (CDG), which signed as a Partner in January 2000. These SDOs have agreed to cooperate in the preparation of globally applicable technical specifications for 3rd Generation Mobile Systems based on the evolved ANSI-41 core networks and the relevant radio access technologies to be transposed by the standardization bodies into appropriate deliverables (e.g., standards). The SDOs, partners in the project, refer to these activities as the Third-Generation Partnership Project 2. This partnership project -- 3GPP2 -- was launched in January 1999 in Vancouver, British Columbia and has a Partners Group, a Steering Committee, and five Technical Specification Groups (TSGs) where individual company members develop the specifications.

"MWIF is a organization whose purpose is to promote the views of Internet service providers, mobile operators and equipment vendors to influence the work of 3GPP2 in the area of Internet Protocol (IP) wireless networks. We are delighted to become a MRP of 3GPP2. We are looking forward to jointly working towards the realization of common infrastructure and service platforms, both of which, are independent of air interface; and enable seamless integration of mobile telephony and non-traditional IP-based services. The services include data, voice, video and multimedia applications," said Dr. Dean Sirovica, Board Chair and President, MWIF (Vodafone AirTouch, Senior Director of Global Technology)."

Steve Dennett, Chair of the 3GPP2 Steering Committee and Director, North American. Standards Personal Communications Sector for Motorola, advised: "The partners are pleased that MWIF will be joining 3GPP2. This will truly evolve the existing cellular into truly global, internet-enabled networks, required to exploit the unlimited capabilities the internet has to offer."

Collaboration with ITU

This work is to complement other similar activities and accelerate the work of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and its International Mobile Telecommunications -2000 (IMT-2000) initiative. The IMT-2000 initiative is planned to offer new user benefits such as advanced multi-media services, data rates up to 2 Mbps, next-generation mobile Internet and advanced packet services, global roaming, and more. Such advanced communications systems are intended to provide anytime, anywhere services where such technology is deployed. This will be a major advancement to systems currently deployed which are referred to as second generation or "2G" systems. The SDOs have agreed that ITU is preeminent for international telecommunications standardization, and it has been agreed with the ITU that results of the partnership's work will form the basis of contributions to the ITU in accordance with existing procedures in each country. The partnership will also take account of emerging ITU Recommendations on internetworking between IMT-2000 family members. 3GPP2 establishes and maintains liaison relationships with groups working on standards for other IMT-2000 family members, as appropriate. The Organizational Partners and Market Representation Partners believe this global cooperation will accelerate the ITU process for standardization of IMT-2000.

3GPP2 Membership currently consists of different categories: Organizational Partners, Market Representation Partners, and Individual Members. In addition, some organizations, such as the Telecommunications Standards Advisory Council of Canada (TSACC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) have been granted status as Observers. To join the partnership as an Individual Member, an applicant must be affiliated with an Organizational Partner. More information about the partnership project and its partners can be found on the 3GPP2 web site.

ARIB - Association of Radio Industries and Businesses, Japan
CDG - CDMA Development Group, USA
CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access
CWTS - China Wireless Telecommunication Standard group, China
ETSI - European Telecommunications Standards Institute, EU
MWIF - Mobile Wireless Internet Forum
TTA - Telecommunications Technology Association, Korea
TTC - The Telecommunication Technology Committee, Japan
TIA - Telecommunications Industry Association, USA
ANSI - American National Standards Institute, USA
ANSI-41 - American National Standard ANSI/TIA/EIA-41

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