Third-Generation Wireless Partnership Project 2 Expands Its Partners
Vancouver, British Columbia, January 27, 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 CDMA Development Group (CDG). CDG, which has been participating in these activities since last January, became the first MRP to join with the SDOs. 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 partners currently refer to these activities as a Third-Generation Partnership Project with ARIB, CWTS, TIA, TTA and TTC as the SDOs comprising 3GPP2. This partnership project -- 3GPP2 -- was launched in January 1999 in Vancouver, British Columbia and has a Partners Group, a Steering Committee, and six Technical Specification Groups (TSGs) where individual company members develop the specifications.
Sam Samra, Senior Director, Technical Programs for the CDMA Development Group, stated: "CDG has been participating in 3GPP2 as an individual member since the beginning of the partnership and we are very pleased to become 3GPP2's first Market Representation Partner and are looking forward to working closely with the other partners to meet global user requirements."
Steve Dennett, Chair of the 3GPP2 Steering Committee and Director, U.S. Standards Personal Communications Sector for Motorola, advised: "The partners are pleased that CDG will be joining 3GPP2 and its partners to work co-operatively to develop the specifications that will support agreements reached among major industry participants."
Collaboration with ITU
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.