China Telecom joins GSM Association

09:32, February 16, 2010      

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The GSM Association (GSMA), an organization representing the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, announced Monday that China Telecom, KDDI and Verizon Wireless have joined the organization after committing to deploy services based on Long-Term Evolution (LTE).

LTE is seen as the next generation of wireless technology for mobile broadband and will out perform today's fixed-line broadband networks with peak rate speeds of up to 100Mbs downlink and 50Mbs uplink.

The organization unites almost 800 mobile operators and over 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem in 219 countries and regions. Under its umbrella one can find such diverse interests as handset makers, software companies as well as media and entertainment organizations.

"As the largest state-owned operator in China, China Telecom is very excited to join the GSMA, which will enable us to extend our reach and network across the global mobile ecosystem," said Cao Lei, Director of Technology, China Telecom in the GSMA official press release.

Meanwhile Alex Sinclair, the Chief Technology and Strategy Officer at the GSMA, commented on the decision taken by China Telecom and the other new members.

"With its compelling, high-speed and cost-effective network architecture, LTE is bringing the GSM and CDMA communities together," he said.

"We are delighted that China Telecom, KDDI, and Verizon Wireless have joined the GSMA along with Qualcomm, and will be among the first operators to launch commercial LTE services," added Sinclair.

"LTE is widely regarded as 'the' Mobile Broadband technology that will be adopted by the vast majority of mobile operators globally," he concluded.

Source: Xinhua
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