Communications Industry Paves the Way for Mobile Multimedia Services
Zurich, December 16, 1996
Since the mobile communications market is one of the most promising markets today, the UMTS Forum has been created as an international initiative to define a common strategy and policy for the development and implementation of the future Universal Mobile Telecommunications System. The UMTS Forum has been founded today in Zurich, Switzerland with European and non-European representatives from more than 60 operators, manufacturers, regulators, and information industry companies. The UMTS Forum agreed on the following common objectives:
The aim of the UMTS is to lead the personal communications user into the information society of the 21st century. UMTS will deliver information directly to people and provide them with access to new and innovative services. It will offer multimedia-oriented mobile personalized communications to the mass market regardless of location, network or terminal.
It will target the mass market with a personal communications concept including multimedia services and applications, with volume commercial introduction at the beginning of the next century. UMTS will combine new technologies with the evolution of existing services and systems (for example ISDN and the GSM standard which has been accepted worldwide).
The UMTS Forum has already received firm support from the European Commission in Brussels, as Commissioner Martin Bangemann recently said: "the European Commission fully supports the UMTS Forum as the industry forum to discuss the evolution of personal and mobile telecommunications beyond GSM".
Thomas Beijer of Telia, Sweden has been elected Chairperson of the UMTS Forum, Josef Huber of Siemens, Germany, and Alan Hadden of One 2 One, UK, have been elected Vice Chairs.
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For further information, please contact Thomas Beijer, Telia, Tel.: +46 70 5629358
Attached are two annexes with background material that could be used for more detailed or expert oriented publications:
· Annex 1: Catchwords around UMTS
· Annex 2: List of Founding Members
Annex 1: Catchwords around UMTS Universal · mass market · multiple access · public and private · ubiquitous services · common standards · global Mobile · terminal mobility · personal mobility · service mobility · anytime - anywhere Telecommunications · transparent services access across networks (fixed, mobile, satellite, ...) · integrated communications and seamless service provision · multiple media · narrow- and broadband: data, graphics, pictures, video, speech, ... System · service choice and flexibility · personalized service offerings · innovative and interactive services · user friendly and simple access Annex 2: List of Founding Members *** (to be approved by Chris Wildey) *** Airtel Movil, Spain Airtouch Europe, Belgium Alcatel Telecom, France BMPT, Germany Bosch GmbH, Germany Bouygues Telecom, France Broadcome Ltd., Eire British Telecom, UK Cable & Wireless, UK Cellnet, UK CSELT, Italy CSEM, Switzerland DeTeMobil, Germany Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany DTI, UK ECTEL E-plus Mobilfunk GmbH, Germany Ericsson Radio Systems AB, Sweden ETNO European Technology Partners AS, Norway European Telecoms Office, Denmark Finnet Group, Finland France Telecom Mobile, France Fujitsu Europe Telecom, UK Hagenuk Telecom GmbH, Germany IBC, Technical Services Ltd., UK IMST, Germany Inmarsat, UK Intel, Germany Italtel, Italy Lucent Technologies, Germany Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmbH, Germany Matra Communication, France Matsushita Communication, UK MediaMobil Communication GmbH, Germany One 2 One, UK Motorola, UK NEC Technologies Ltd., UK Nokia Mobile Phones Ltd., Finland Nortel , UK Orange PCS, UK PA Consulting Group, UK Panasonic European R&D Center, Germany Philips Electronics, Netherlands PTT Telecom BV, Netherlands RWE Netzgesellschaft, Germany Sharp Laboratories of Europe, UK Siemens AG, Germany SIGOS GmbH, Germany Simoco Europe Ltd., UK Sony Deutschland GmbH, Germany TeleDanmark, Denmark Telecom Finland, Finland Telecom Italia Mobile, Italy Telefonica Moviles, Spain Telia Mobitel, Sweden Vodafone Ltd., UK