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IMT-Advanced standards announced for next-generation mobile
Specifications for ITU-R recommendation agreed by Radio Assembly
Geneva, 18 January 2012 – Specifications for next-generation
mobile technologies – IMT-Advanced – were agreed today at the ITU
Radiocommunication Assembly currently meeting in Geneva.
Following a detailed evaluation against stringent technical and operational
criteria, ITU has determined that "LTE-Advanced" and "WirelessMAN-Advanced"
should be accorded the official designation of IMT-Advanced.
IMT-Advanced systems include new capabilities that go beyond IMT-2000, widely
deployed since 2000 and referred to as 3G mobile technologies. ITU has now
specified the standards for IMT-Advanced, the next-generation global wireless
broadband communications that provide access to a wide range of packet-based
telecommunication services supported by mobile and fixed networks.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré hailed the announcement as a landmark
development in mobile technology. “IMT-Advanced marks a huge leap forward in
state-of-the-art technologies, which will make the present day smart phone feel
like an old dial up Internet connection. Access to the Internet, streaming
videos and data transfers anytime, anywhere will be better than most desktop
Mr François Rancy, Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau, said,
“IMT-Advanced would be like putting a fibre optic broadband connection on your
mobile phone, making your phone at least 100 times faster than today’s 3G smart
phones. But it’s not only about speed; it’s about efficiency. IMT-Advanced will
use radio-frequency spectrum much more efficiently making higher data transfers
possible on lesser bandwidth. This will enable mobile networks to face the
dramatic increase in data traffic that is expected in the coming years”
IMT-Advanced systems support low to high mobility applications and a wide
range of data rates in accordance with user and service demands in multiple user
environments. IMT-Advanced also has capabilities for high quality multimedia
applications within a wide range of services and platforms, providing a
significant improvement in performance and quality of service.
Over the last 25 years, ITU has developed the IMT framework of standards — or
International Mobile Telecommunications system — for mobile telephony and
continues to lead international efforts involving governments and industry
players to produce the next-generation standards for global mobile
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