Nine international telcos and manufacturers have formed the 3G.IP focus group to promote an Internet Protocol based wireless system for third generation mobile technology.
BT, AT&T Wireless Services, Rogers Cantel, Ericsson, Lucent Technologies, Nokia, Nortel Networks, Telenor and Telecom Italia Mobile will cooperate to define an IP-based standard for 3G mobile technology using the W-CDMA and Edge broadband interfaces.
The 3G.IP group will also propose standards for multimedia handsets to interoperate with these access technologies.
A spokesman for BT said the group's aim was to help operators offer multimedia services to global customers, whether fixed or mobile.
"It's the first time there's been a dedicated body bringing together IP standards for mobile," the spokesman said.
The group plans to share its work with regulatory and industry groups, including the International Telecommunication Union.
"We want to fast track and expect to see some specifications this summer," the BT spokesman said.
Services based on the group's proposals were likely to be rolled out in three to six years' time, he said.
Membership of the group is open and other telcos and equipment vendors will be invited to join in the near future.
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