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FINLAND, JAPAN CONTRIBUTE TO GROWING UMTS TDDD MOMENTUM.



Finland joins the growing global community of governments and carriers who are harmonizing their broadband wireless See wireless broadband.  spectrum allocations with the International Telecommunication Union International Telecommunication Union (ITU), specialized agency of the United Nations, with headquarters at Geneva. It was created in 1934 as a result of the merging of the International Telegraph Union (est.  (ITU (International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, Switzerland, www.itu.ch) A telecommunications standards body that is under the auspices of the United Nations. Comprising more than 185 member countries, the ITU sets standards for global telecom networks. ), the European Union European Union (EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the

European Community
, and the 3GPP GPP Government Performance Project
GPP General Purpose Processor
GPP General Physical Preparedness
GPP Gambian People's Party
GPP Good Pharmacy Practice
GPP Gross Primary Productivity
GPP Green Procurement Program
GPP Generic Packetized Protocol
 international standard organizations.

Highlighting the benefits of global standards and common spectrum usage in advancing and enhancing wireless services, the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communication allocated the 2010; 2025 MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc.  band for UMTS TDD wireless broadband. While the ITU designates the 2010; 2025 MHz band for UMTS TDD use, the 3GPP defines the UMTS TDD standard, which falls under the umbrella of the GSM body of standards but has characteristics specifically optimized for packet data.

Most recently, the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communication awarded a nationwide license to operate a wireless broadband network in 2020; 2025 MHz band to SkyWeb. The SkyWeb team, who has been offering GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) The first high-speed digital data service provided by cellular carriers that used the GSM technology. GPRS added a packet-switched channel to GSM, which uses dedicated, circuit-switched channels for voice conversations.  wireless data service since 2003, will deploy a UMTS TDD system to offer mobile wireless broadband to businesses and consumers. "We compared speed, mobility, activation, security and maturity of available technologies, and found UMTS TDD to be the best option for mobile broadband." said Juuso Huttunen, CTO (Chief Technical Officer) The executive responsible for the technical direction of an organization. See CIO and salary survey.  for SkyWeb.

SkyWeb will sell broadband wireless services in Finland using a simple integrated UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) The GSM implementation of the 3G wireless phone system. Part of IMT-2000, UMTS provides service in the 2 GHz band and offers global roaming and personalized features.  TDD/WiFi PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, San Jose, CA, www.pcmcia.org) An international standards body and trade association that was founded in 1989 to establish a standard for connecting peripherals to portable computers. PCMCIA created the PC Card. See PC Card.  data card, delivering a true broadband connection that is completely mobile. SkyWeb also plans to offer wireless telephone handsets for voice services over the wireless network using VoIP.

From its history as a next-generation wireless technology pioneer and as the first country to adopt the GSM standard, Finland is one of the most closely watched markets to determine which telecommunications advances will succeed. The Finland decision follows recent news in Japan, another advanced wireless market, that IPMobile, a Japanese broadband wireless services company, has submitted its application to deploy a UMTS TDD system in the same 2010 MHz spectrum which was recently allocated by the Japanese regulator exclusively for UMTS TDD use. IPMobile announced plans to commence wireless broadband services in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka by October 2006, with nationwide service planned by 2010.

Historically, both Finland and Japan have been leaders in their selection of next-generation wireless technology. "Like the governments of Finland and Japan, regulators and operators worldwide are ignoring hype and choosing the right technology," said Liz Kerton, executive director, Global UMTS TDD Alliance. "Unlike other broadband wireless technologies, UMTS TDD is a global, interoperable, mobile, carrier-class technology, which is available today covering over 22 million people in 20 countries."

International standardization and compliance with global spectrum requirements has made UMTS TDD the logical choice for every national regulator considering broadband wireless access services. The dozens of countries who support the UMTS TDD standard will benefit from widespread wireless broadband, unbeaten performance, international roaming, cross-border compatibility, and scale economies; much as they have with GSM. The result is that the UMTS TDD standard has being adopted to build broadband wireless networks faster than any other alternative technology worldwide.

About the UMTS TDD Broadband

Wireless Standard UMTS TDD, the TDD (Time Division Duplexing) A transmission method that uses only one channel for transmitting and receiving, separating them by different time slots. No guard band is used. Contrast with FDD. See also TDD/TTY.

TDD - Telecommunications Device for the Deaf
 branch of the 3G UMTS international telecommunications standard, was developed by the 3GPP to meet the growing demand for ubiquitous, very high speed, low latency, mobile, IP network. Major mobile operators, Internet service providers Internet service provider (ISP)

Company that provides Internet connections and services to individuals and organizations. For a monthly fee, ISPs provide computer users with a connection to their site (see data transmission), as well as a log-in name and password.
, and new operators around the world have chosen UMTS TDD because UMTS TDD networks are compliant with international spectrum standards, offer exceptional performance, are standards-based, and offer economies of scale. Today, UMTS TDD covers more people in more countries than any other broadband wireless access technology.

About The Global UMTS TDD Alliance

Created and supported by the growing community of active UMTS TDD operators, services providers, and vendors around the world, the Global UMTS TDD Alliance's goal is to provide a forum for members to share their practical knowledge and experience with each other and with the public, set requirements for future solutions, and foster the market environment for solutions based on the UMTS TDD standard. Our members offer commercial wireless broadband services across Europe, Asia, Africa and beyond.

For more information on the Alliance, visit www.umtstdd.org or call 623\321-6834.
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