|[August 01, 2014]
GSMA Welcomes Outcome of ITU Meeting to Support New Spectrum Bands for Mobile Broadband
LONDON --(Business Wire)--
Tom Phillips (News - Alert), Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, offered the following
statement regarding the outcome of the International Telecommunication
Union's (ITU) Joint Task Group meeting in Geneva:
"At a critical ITU meeting in Geneva yesterday, governments across the
globe agreed to put forward for detailed discussion a number of new
spectrum bands for use by mobile broadband services. While a final
decision will not be taken until the World Radiocommunication Conference
(WRC) in November 2015, the GSMA (News - Alert) welcomes the news that the full range
of new spectrum bands supported by the mobile industry remain potential
solutions to meet the growing demand of consumers globally for mobile
"Extensive technical analysis has been carried out by governments,
industry and international organisations to support the allocation of
new spectrum for mobile broadband services. New, harmonised spectrum is
vital to ensure that mobile networks can cope with the exponential
growth in data traffic that we are witnessing today and for the future
delivery of affordable and ubiquitous mobile broadband coverage.
"Importantly, the rapid expansion of mobile technology is transforming
economic opportunity around the world. Toda, the mobile industry
generates, directly and indirectly, 3.6 per cent of global GDP
(equivalent to US $2.4 trillion) and 10.5 million jobs and this
contribution is expected to rise to 5.1 per cent of GDP and 15.4 million
jobs by 20201.
"The decisions made at the WRC in 2015 will have a direct impact on the
ability of all the world's citizens to benefit from access to the
Internet. As mobile will be the way that the Internet is accessed for
the majority of those currently unconnected, the allocation of new
spectrum for the mobile Internet is therefore critical."
Notes to Editors
Find out more about the GSMA's Spectrum4All campaign at http://www.gsma.com/spectrum/spectrum4all/.
1 Source (News - Alert): GSMA The Mobile Economy 2014: http://www.gsmamobileeconomy.com/
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators
worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800
of the world's mobile operators with 250 companies in the broader mobile
ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies,
equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in
industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media,
transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events
such as Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) and Mobile Asia Expo.
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