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AFRIK-IT  May 1998

AFRIK-IT May 1998

Subject:

Re: Agreement reached to achieve global roaming for 3rd generation mobile systems

From:

"Anthony J. Brooks" <[log in to unmask]>

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African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List

Date:

Fri, 22 May 1998 00:32:06 -0400

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Greetings.

In response to the questions prosed in the email:
>Can anyone say whether the following news from the ITU is good or bad news
>for us?

I am a data communications engineer (working as a consultant in the
IT/Data communications area).  I am not up on IMT2000, but, here's
what I think.

Although the achievement in implementing IMT-2000 will be a digital
communications engineering feat, with regards to policy and pricing,
I can see a nightmare for users of the technology - they/we are going
to paid out their/our noses.  How will the billing for such an
implementation will be devised?  We're talking about a global
communications infrastructure/service.  We haven't gotten our act here
in the States yet - there is a big push to abandon the GSM technology
and go with CDMA (being pushed by Qualcomm).

>users who currently cannot use their handsets when they
>travel to areas where other systems are in use, would greatly benefit in
>terms of cheaper terminals through economies of scale, reduced tariffs
>through increased competition, and greater functionality, operability and
>choice of services and equipment.

I differ with this statement with regards to the suggestion of reduced tariffs
and so forth.  There will be as usual the big players that will have a strong
hold on this service and will control it.  I think this is an
altruistic/utopist
view.  It would be nice if, but, I don't think this would happen (at least
for a long, long time.

>While the need for standardisation in cell technolgy seems long
>over due, how will it affect existing service provision in Africa?
Forget about Africa for the moment and think about how will the
"developed" countries be effected in the cell technology.  I currently
have a digital cell phone that is based on the GSM technology.  However,
now that Qualcomm has found a way to introduce its CDMA cell telephone
technology at a competitive price, the US cell telephone providers
(including my GSM-based cell telephone provider) are running to that
side of the house.  What am I to do when one day I wake up and can not
use my cell phone again because GSM service has been discontinued in the
States?

Europe and its colonialized countries (especially African countries) are
committed to the GSM standard.  Can CDMA and GSM play together, not today.
But I don't know if IMT-2000 introduces a scheme for this.  (If not, we can
get rich proposing a viable solution.)

So far as Africa is concerned, I travelled to southern African (Zambia,
Zim, and South Africa).  South Africans are in love with their cell phones
and use them religiously.  However, in the other two countries I visited,
cell phones were rarely used (according to my witness).  Hence, I don't think
the IMT-2000 will not have a big impact on Africa at all (with the exceptions
of countries like South Africa).  Who will get more impacted in the beginning
will be the "developed" countries.
--
tony brooks
-------------------------------
At 11:14 PM 5/21/98 +0100, you wrote:
>Greetings.
>
>Can anyone say whether the following news from the ITU is good or bad news
>for us? While the need for standardisation in cell technolgy seems long
>over due, how will it affect existing service provision in Africa?
>
>Collagues attending Africa Telecom were struck by the chaos surrounding the
>selection of cell phone standards from country to country. Qualcomm, for
>example were proudly announcing they were starting in DRC with CDMA
>technology, while totally different systems (GSM and something else) were
>being used just over the border in Zambia and, I think, Rwanda. Perhaps
>either Ben Parker or Ahsak Kabani could help out here as I think I only got
>part of the discussion....
>
>But in short, does this mean Africa will be soon be lumbered with obsolete
>cell technology while the rest of the world marches on with a standardised
>system? Or could this "umbrella standard" talked about below help iron out
>the existing discrepancies which exist from country to country?
>
>Excuse my ignorance!
>
>>Return-path: <[log in to unmask]>
>>Envelope-to: [log in to unmask]
>>Delivery-date: Thu, 21 May 1998 16:06:46 +0200
>>From: ITU Press Office <[log in to unmask]>
>>To: "David Lush, THE NAMIBIAN"<[log in to unmask]>
>>Subject: Agreement reached to achieve global roaming for 3rd generation
>mobile systems
>>Date: jeu, 21 mai 1998 16:05:00 +0100
>>
>>ITU/98-20
>>21 May 1998
>>Original: English
>>
>>Agreement reached to achieve global roaming for 3rd generation mobile
systems
>>
>>Geneva –  At the initiative of the Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 11 (see
>note below), Dr Sadahiko Kano, senior representatives of the world’s
>telecommunications standards organizations from Europe (ETSI), Japan (TTC),
>Korea (TTA) and North America (T1, TIA) discussed collaboration in the area
>of networking for 3rd generation mobile systems. The participants met
>together in Geneva, 18–19 May, as an Ad Hoc Group of the Global Standards
>Collaboration (GSC) Meeting.
>>
>>They agreed to join forces towards the goal of achieving global roaming
>for users anywhere – anytime within the framework of ITU standards. The
>International Mobile Telecommunication 2000 or IMT-2000 is an initiative of
>the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which aims to integrate the
>various satellite, terrestrial, fixed and mobile systems currently being
>deployed and developed under an 'umbrella standard' or concept of "family
>of systems". This concept which was endorsed by all the participating
>standards bodies aims at facilitating the evolution from today’s regional
>2nd generation systems that are incompatible with one another towards third
>generation systems that will provide users with genuine global service
>capabilities and interoperability soon after the year 2000.
>>
>>Under the third generation systems, users will not only be able to roam
>among countries which currently use different technologies but will also be
>capable of seamlessly moving between multiple networks – fixed and mobile,
>cordless and cellular. As a result, product life cycle for core network and
>transmission components should be longer and network operators, service
>providers and manufacturers should benefit from increased flexibility and
>cost effectiveness. A definite boon for the industry, the global approach
>embedded in IMT-2000 whether technical, operational or functional, should
>also prove particularly attractive to developing countries. But perhaps
>more important, users who currently cannot use their handsets when they
>travel to areas where other systems are in use, would greatly benefit in
>terms of cheaper terminals through economies of scale, reduced tariffs
>through increased competition, and greater functionality, operability and
>choice of services and equipment. While the path of evolution as well as
>their speed will be governed by the market needs, appropriate global
>standards as well as the harmonized assignment of suitable spectrum by the
>various national and regional authorities within the framework of the
>internationally agreed spectrum allocations in the ITU Radio Regulations
>will be the determining factors for a successful implementation of IMT-2000.
>>
>>IMT-2000 is being developed in recognition of the fact that future
>wireless access systems will need to provide users with the same high
>quality and broadband characteristics offered by fixed networks. As
>wireless becomes a major part of global telecommunications, common network
>components need to be developed which can provide virtually any desired
>future service combination between wired or wireless access links. This is
>all the more important in a competitive, multi-operator environment.
>>
>>"The agreement is a great step forward towards realizing a seamless global
>communication infrastructure of the 21st century. With the planned
>increased data rate of up to 2 Mbps, users can enjoy wireless multimedia
>communication anywhere – anytime around the world." Dr. Sadahiko KANO,
>Chairman of the meeting, said. "It is our intention to include fixed
>wireline networks also as a part of the seamless global communication
>infrastructure, so that it would be composed of both fixed and mobile
>networks" he added.
>>
>>The agreement is significant because of the commitment of all key regional
>standards organizations to  promote IMT-2000 as a backbone for tomorrow’s
>mobile systems unhampered by differing national or regional implementations.
>>
>>"We expect ITU to continue to fulfill its leading role as the pre-eminent
>body of the international telecom standardization with the support and
>cooperation of regional standards organizations" said one of the
>participants at the meeting, Dr. Edward Chien, President of
>California-based Personal Telecommunications Technologies.
>>
>>For further information about this news release, contact:
>>
>>Dr. Sadahiko KANO
>>Chairman of GSC Ad Hoc Group Meeting
>>R&D Headquarters
>>NTT
>>Tokyo, Japan
>>Tel: +81 3 53 59 41 05
>>Fax: +81 3 53 59 16 25
>>E-mail:
>>[log in to unmask]
>>
>>Dr. Edward Chien
>>Technical Secretary of GSC Ad Hoc Group Meeting and
>>President, Personal Telecommunications Technologies, Inc., Hayward,
>California, USA
>>Tel: +1 510 732 9468
>>Fax: +1 510 732 9439
>>E-mail: [log in to unmask]
>>
>>Ms. Francine Lambert
>>Head, Press and Public Information
>>ITU
>>Tel: +41 22 730 5969
>>Fax: +41 22 730 5939
>>E-mail: [log in to unmask]
>>
>>or consult our Web site at http://www.itu.int/imt/imt-2000.html
>>
>>Note: The ITU-T Study Group 11 is a group of experts of the International
>Telecommunication Union, responsible for signalling requirements and
>protocols for telephone, N-ISDN, B-ISDN, UPT, mobile and multimedia
>communications.
>>
>>Notes to Editors
>>   ETSI: European Telecommunications Standards Institute
>>   T1: United States’ Standards Committee
>>   TIA: Telecommunications Industry Association
>>   TTC: Telecommunication Technology Committee of Japan
>>   TTA: Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea
>>
>>   The goal of the Global Standards Collaboration is to further the
>>   informal linkage among senior officials from the national, regional
>>   and international standards bodies in support of the work of the
>>   International Telecommunication Union.
>>
>>   The Global Standards Collaboration meetings provide a framework
>>   for the exchange of information, the establishing of objectives to
>>   accelerate the process of global telecommunications and standards
>>   development and the promotion of interconnectivity and
>>   interoperability.
>>
>>
>>
>David Lush
>PO Box 8828
>Backbrecht
>Windhoek
>Namibia
>Tel: +264 61 252946 (h) 236970 (w)
>Fax: c/o +264 61 233980
>e-mail: [log in to unmask]
>
------------------------------------------------
Anthony (Tony) Brooks
Software & Data Communications Specialist
================================================
NuTek 2000, Inc.    Voice: 703/861-8325
PO Box 554          Fax:   703/406-3021
Herndon, VA 20172   mailto:[log in to unmask]
================================================

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