Seven of the world's leading mobile phone operators have formed Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN), a UK company which will act as a forum for operators and manufacturers to discuss the development of broadband wireless beyond 3G.
"Our objective is to establish clear performance targets, fundamental recommendations and deployment scenarios for a future wide area mobile broadband network," says the welcome statement on NGNM's website.
NGMN is chaired by Thomas Geitner, chief executive of new businesses and innovation at Vodafone.
The new group is an attempt to shape the development of future mobile networks in their favour. NGMN will consult with phone manufacturers, but not allow them to join, and will work alongside existing standards bodies.
The emphasis of NGMN's work will be on interoperability between new services and with existing infrastructure.
Various carrier technologies have proliferated in 2G and 3G networks around the world, confusing customers and forcing operators to develop several technologies which do not interoperate.
Greater interoperability will lower operators' costs and should reduce prices for consumers.
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