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Sunday, 17 September 2006 08:55

Mobile operators join forces to steer technology evolution

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China Mobile, KPN, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and Vodafone have joined forces to develop a common vision for mobile networks beyond today's incompatible and competing technologies from the WCDMA and CDMA200 camps: HSPA and EV-DO.

They have formed the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) initiative  as a company (NGMN Limited) incorporated in the UK and have already created what they say is "a set of requirements for a future wide area mobile broadband network that is designed to offer enhanced customer benefits by delivering competitive broadband performance alongside high levels of interoperability." Details of these are set out in a White Paper, "Next Generation Mobile Networks Beyond HSPA & EVDO" version 2.1, available on request from the NGMN.

The guiding principles of their requiremens include:
* High levels of data throughput alongside low levels of latency;
* Low operation and maintenance costs;
* Compatibility with legacy networks;
* Support of high levels of authentication and security, and differentiated quality of service;
* Improved terminal certification schemes.

The organisation gives is vision as being: "to complement and support the work within standardisation bodies by providing a coherent view of what the operator community is going to require in the decade beyond 2010. The founding members say they are keen for other mobile network operators and key industry partners, such as infrastructure and handset manufacturers and other relevant technology providers, to join and want research institutes, universities and similar organisations to join as advisors.


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