Conference: 3G services will be an eye-opener

Healy, the chairman of the GSM Association and also president of Cook Inlet VoiceStream PCS, a US mobile network operator, was the opening speaker at the 3GSM World Congress on Wednesday.

"Close your eyes, and count to ten," he told the audience. "You are now experiencing second-generation communications," he said, referring to today's generation of digital mobile phone systems, based on technologies such as CDMA (code division multiple access) or GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications). "Now open them," he said. "That's 3G."

3G networks, due to enter service in many countries later this year, will be able to carry data at much higher rates than the 9.6Kps or 13.3Kbps supported by 2G networks, or the 53Kbps typically offered by intermediate or 2.5G technologies such as GPRS (General Packet Radio Service). Data rates of 384Kbps will allow 3G networks to transmit large data files; high-quality audio, or still and moving images.

While the industry's eyes are on the services of the future, subscribers continue to sign up for existing offerings. Seven of every ten new digital mobile phone subscribers last year opted for GSM, Healy said, bringing the total number of GSM customers to 457 million by the end of January.

Looking to the future, he predicted that one in ten of the world's population will be a GSM subscriber by the end of this year, and more people will have a GSM phone than have a PC.

The transition from second to third generation worldwide will take longer than the blink of an eye his illustration suggested, warned Healy. "GPRS and 3G will begin in the big cities, but the ability to deliver that to other parts of the world is a truly amazing possibility, and also a responsibility," he said.

The 3GSM World Congress, in Cannes, runs through Friday. Further information can be found at http://www.gsmworldcongress.com/.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Peter Sayer

PC World
Show Comments

Essentials

James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >

Mobile

Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?