T-Mobile to Announce UMTS, Sources Say

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2006-10-03 Print this article Print

T-Mobile sources say the company is scheduling a press conference for the purposes of making a major announcement in the wake of the company's win in the recent frequency auction.

T-Mobile sources have told eWEEK that the company is scheduling a press conference for Oct. 6 in New York for the purposes of making a major announcement in the wake of the companys win in the recent frequency auction. The announcement will take place jointly with officials from Deutsche Telekom and from its US Subsidiary, T-Mobile USA, taking part. According to parties familiar with the companys plans, T-Mobile will announce its move into 3G communications in the United States using UMTS (universal mobile telephone service) at that time.
"T-Mobile will announce UMTS on 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz," said analyst Roger Entner, vice president of the London-based research and consulting company Ovum.
Entner said that the U.S. frequencies are different from those in Europe and elsewhere, and for that reason, T-Mobiles UMTS solution will work only in the United States until new devices with multiple frequency support are developed, despite the fact that UMTS is a global standard. Gartners Phil Redman said he agrees that a UMTS announcement by T-Mobile is imminent. However, he said hes less certain that there will be a full announcement on Oct. 6. But, he said, "Theres a good likelihood that they will say something." Redman said that it will take about 18 months for T-Mobile to implement UMTS nationally. He also said that some devices will start to appear much sooner. To read more about 3G networks, click here. T-Mobile has been at a competitive disadvantage in the United States since the other three national wireless companies have announced high-speed data support. Until now, the best T-Mobile could offer is GPRS (general packet radio service), which compares in speed to a dial-up modem. The company needed additional spectrum in the United States in order to implement high-speed data delivery. T-Mobile was not willing to comment for this article due to limitations imposed by the FCC. At the time this article was published, the existence of the Oct. 6 news conference was not officially confirmed by the company. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
Wayne Rash Wayne Rash is a Senior Analyst for eWEEK Labs and runs the magazine's Washington Bureau. Prior to joining eWEEK as a Senior Writer on wireless technology, he was a Senior Contributing Editor and previously a Senior Analyst in the InfoWorld Test Center. He was also a reviewer for Federal Computer Week and Information Security Magazine. Previously, he ran the reviews and events departments at CMP's InternetWeek.

He is a retired naval officer, a former principal at American Management Systems and a long-time columnist for Byte Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Plane & Pilot Magazine and The Washington Post.

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