Rival wireless camps squabble over wide-band standards

Rival wireless camps squabble over wide-band standards
Tom Foremski
A squabble over next generation wireless standards has broken out in the US with 12 American and Canadian GSM supporters crying foul over the actions of rival CDMA supporters.
The North American GSM Alliance says that CDMA supporters are lobbying the State Department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to include Wideband CDMA (W-CDMA) in the US submission to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as a potential third generation wireless standard.
The GSM Alliance sent a letter to FCC chairman Bill Kennard urging the agency to support multiple wireless technologies.
“The US members of the GSM Alliance obtained their licenses through the FCC’s auction process at great expense. We then invested, and are continuing to invest, billions of dollars in building our networks. If the US supports competing Third Generation technologies in the ITU, but not the W-CDMA technology that is both compatible with our existing networks and best for our customers, it will undermine the value of the enormous investments made by Alliance members,” said GSM Alliance Chairman Don Warkentin.
The GSM Alliance suspects that Lucent Technologies and Qualcomm are behind the move to exclude W-CDMA.

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