A group of some of the leading mobile phone operators have banded together in a organization to recommend standards for 4G mobile phone networks.
KPN Mobile, Orange, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and Vodafone formed the so-called Next Generation Mobile Networks, or NGMN, group. China Mobile and NTT Docomo also are participating.
The group’s goal is to come up with a set of recommendations for the creation of 4G networks, and would complement work by other standards body to provide a coherent view of what the operator community is going to require in the decade beyond 2010, according to NGMN’s web page.
By the end of July, NGMN plans to form a nonprofit company, based in the UK, to develop an integrated network for 4G mobile phones.
The group said its recommendations will be based on optimized Packet Switched network architecture, which will enable smooth migration of existing 2G and 3G networks to an IP network with improved cost competitiveness and broadband performance.
Therefore, NGMN can be accurately viewed as a further step in the evolution of current industry efforts in HSDPA, HSUPA, and EVDO arenas enabling a personalized broadband access experience and consolidating the diversity of networks operated by mobile network operators, said the group’s web site.