The UK Department of Trade and Industry has called on IT organisations to help shape the next generation of mobile communications, which will start to be used from 2002.
From that date, the so-called third generation of mobile technologies will use a 2GHz frequency band. Current GSM mobile phones use a 900MHz band.
Chris Wildey, chairman of the UK Third Generations Advisory Board, said mobile communications in 2002 will embrace more than voice and data and claimed it is important for interested parties to make their mark now. His DTI-backed group is made up of the four mobile operators, plus other suppliers, and will coordinate the industry?s efforts to get UK proposals recognised internationally. It recently published an industry discussion document on developments surrounding the third generation.
The deadline for comment is 31 May. ?This is the very first step in building up wider dialogue in the UK on the shape of third generation mobile communications,? said Wildey.
The DTI said licences using the new frequency band will be open to other operators as well as the current four. It plans to take into account comments and views from the industry when it publishes a consultative document later in the year.
Ian Taylor, science and technology minister, said: ?Mobile communications in the new millennium will mean much more than just portable phones. Input from a wide range of manufacturers, users, operators, companies considering entering the mobile market and other interested parties will help keep the UK at the forefront of the development of international standards for mobile personal telecommunications.?
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