AT&T said it would launch a mobile phone that works throughout the globe within two years.
Chief executive Michael Armstrong said yesterday that the convergence of mobile telecomms standards was advancing at a rate that suggested a truly international cellphone would be viable by late 2000.
Armstrong believes there will be full integration of the two main standards - GSM, primarily used in Europe and parts of Asia, and TDMA, preferred in the US - in 18-24 months.
AT&T has started work on the 'worldphone' and has already signed Nokia as a manufacturer. It also hopes to sign a manufacturing deal with Ericsson.
The worldphone will be designed to communicate with six different digital and analogue systems, covering north America, Asia, Europe and parts of the southern hemisphere.
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