Global CDMA Operators Offer Comprehensive Proposal to Harmonize Third Generation Wireless Standards; CDG Calls for Global 3G Summit to Work Collectively on Unified Resolution
COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 14, 1999 - A broad group of cdmaOne operators today released a comprehensive proposal to harmonize third generation (3G) wireless technologies, including W-CDMA and CDMA2000, that have been proposed to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for IMT-2000. The proposal is being discussed with other operators from around the world this week. The proposal is based on the ITU's goal of a global standard based on the Fam-ily of Systems concept and builds on the many compromises that have already been reached in discussions between standards organizations in Japan, Korea and North America.
To resolve the global 3G standards debate, the CDMA Development
Group (CDG) has called for a 3G Summit to include operators,
manufacturers and industry groups from around the world to
The significance of the operator proposal is that it is technically comprehensive, focusing on several key parameters that must be addressed in any convergence discussion, and incorporates the results of technical discussions between ARIB and TIA as a foundation. The proposal addresses aspects such as channel structure, pilot structure, inter-base station operation and frame length.
LaForge concluded, "In addition to reaching compromise, it is critical to ensure a process is in place to implement the agreement of a converged standard - - the partnership project approach is a viable mechanism for this process. However, we are deeply concerned about recent statements from ETSI indicating that the 3G Partnership Project, which includes the US standards organization Committee T1 as a partner, will effectively bypass the ITU process. This continues to indicate ETSI's lack of concern for harmonization of CDMA2000 and WCDMA. We are addressing this issue with the appropriate entities."