World's Broadband Wireless Experts Meet In NZ
World's Broadband Wireless Experts Meet In New Zealand
UNTS TDD Community Succeeding Worldwide
Auckland, New Zealand. - November 11, 2005 - The broadband wireless market's most experienced and most advanced operators and vendors from 22 countries gathered this week at the Fourth Global UMTS TDD Alliance Summit in New Zealand. Hosted by Woosh Wireless, the leading UMTS TDD operator who has offered mobile broadband wireless since September 2003 and recently launched the world's first voice service over the technology, this Summit had a powerful speaker lineup and contained a number of key discussions and announcements from the world's UMTS TDD community.
Key Discussions and Announcements · Japanese operator IPMobile announced that they have been awarded a 2GHz UMTS TDD license for Japan and announced their plans for 8,500 cell sites covering three major Japanese cities, a range of next generation mobile broadband services launching in Q3 2006, and plans for acquiring millions of subscribers over next 5 years.
· Woosh discussed their new voice service and the success of the first month of the world's first commercial wireless VoIP.
· Sentech, the South African broadcast company, outlined how it has become the number one ranked wireless broadband service in that country using their UMTS TDD network and has received high scores for reliability, performance, and value in recent third party tests.
· T-Mobile discussed their recent launch of services in Prague, their rationale for selecting UMTS TDD, and their plans for new services and national expansion.
· Accelerated Wireless, an operator in Sweden, discussed the launch of their networks in both Sweden and Lithuania, and their partnerships with Tele2 and Telenor.
· Sprint discussed their vision for making digital life simple, instant, enriching, and productive, the key requirements for selecting their next generation platform, and their UMTS TDD trial in the Washington DC area as one of several various technology trials underway.
· PCCW's UK operation, UK Broadband, discussed the success of their broadband wireless service, now, the innovative marketing and advertising they recently launched based on UMTS TDD's key attributes, and their phased expansion into London.
· IPWireless presented its roadmap for further developing its 3GPP Releases 6 and 7 as well as support for new services for operators.
· A range of companies discussed their plans for new devices supporting UMTS TDD, including integrated gateways with VoIP and Wi-Fi, and the Personal Mobile Gateway, a new handheld device.
The Alliance recently added Sprint from the US, T-Mobile Czech Republic, and NetGear to its membership. The addition of these new members to the international UMTS TDD community is indicative of the growing worldwide momentum of this broadband wireless technology. Over the past two years, the Global UMTS TDD Alliance has supported over 50 members as they build profitable broadband wireless networks and carrier-quality broadband wireless products. The commercial success of many members has accelerated the adoption of UMTS TDD as the preferred choice of network operators and wireless carriers to deliver wide-area wireless broadband and other high-speed packet based services.
Alliance members represent the world's most experienced, most active broadband wireless operators, vendors, and customers. UMTS TDD networks now cover over 20 million people in 22 countries - delivering Megabytes of data, wirelessly and fast, to paying customers. This is one reason that new members, such as T-Mobile and Sprint, join the Alliance - to learn from each other, share best practices, and improve their own broadband wireless businesses.
About the UMTS TDD Broadband Wireless Standard UMTS TDD, the TDD branch of the 3G UMTS international telecommunications standard, was developed by the 3GPP to meet the growing demand for ubiquitous, very high speed, low latency, mobile, IP networks.
Major mobile operators, Internet service providers, and new operators around the world have chosen UMTS TDD because UMTS TDD networks are compliant with international spectrum allocation, offer exceptional performance, are standards-based, and offer economies of scale. Today, UMTS TDD networks cover more people in more countries than any other broadband wireless access technology.
About the Global UMTS TDD Alliance Created and supported by the growing community of active UMTS TDD operators, service providers, and vendors around the world, the Global UMTS TDD Alliance's goal is to provide a forum for members to share their practical knowledge and experience with each other and with the public, set requirements for future solutions, and foster the market environment for solutions based on the UMTS TDD standard. Our members offer commercial wireless broadband services across Europe, Asia, Africa, and beyond. For more information on the Alliance, visit www.umtstdd.org.