is this Project about
Given the many
different groups "defining" UMTS and the openness of the IMT 2000 family
concept, what does the UMTS concept really mean to TelCos? If we can identify the concept
clearly, what are the positive steps we can take to make UMTS evolve as we envisage it?
There is an emerging consensus in the telecommunications industry that the difference between fixed and mobile telephony, in the terminal mobility sense, is outdated in the context of personal mobility. This consensus has resulted in the emergence of the UMTS standards and the disparity between the ETSI SMG/NA, UMTS Forum, and the rest of the standards groups worldwide all trying to produce "the" UMTS standard. This has been further diluted by the ITU defining their IMT 2000 concept as a family of interworking systems. It is getting hard to see the real UMTS in all of this.
For TelCos, the important issue is to have a clear target system that todays networks can evolve towards and that this target system is sufficiently standardised so that inter-operator inter-network working is efficient and practical. In addition we want to see a high degree of commonality in network components, such as protocols, so that our networks do not become overly complex trying to support UMTS.
The collection of Project Proposals for the EURESCOM Work Programme 1999 has 5 proposals directly related to UMTS:
These Proposals (Projects?), and their commonalties, highlight the need for a coherent EURESCOM strategy towards UMTS. There is a risk that the generic nature of UMTS could result in impacts on UMTS emerging from just about any Project so some guidance on what to do with EURESCOM ideas about UMTS would benefit Projects.
We need rationalised network elements for UMTS that minimise the investment TelCos have to make to upgrade existing networks to be capable of supporting UMTS. As every Shareholder of EURESCOM is a TelCo, and UMTS is perceived as the "Universal" telecommunications Service, it follows that every EURESCOM Shareholder is likely to be a UMTS operator. Thus any study that helps to optimise the evolution towards UMTS is directly in the operators economic interest. In addition, any coherence in the development of UMTS standards and products is likely to bring price benefits to the buyers of this equipment by allowing more suppliers into the market.
ObjectivesThis Study is intended to get a quick snapshot of the state of UMTS for managers and use this image to evaluate and steer what we want to do in EURESCOM. It will have three component parts:
1. The overview of UMTS today:
2. Development of an operators wish list for UMTS:
3. The assessment of the proposed UMTS related work in EURESCOM in 1999:
This Study wil have to cut and paste and summarise a lot of information from different groups in order to do this type of snapshot. It would be greatly facilitated if the participants were members of the different standardisation fora.