Ericsson is showcasing WCDMA/UMTS system and terminal interoperability at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes by showing 3G voice and video telephony services in an Ericsson WCDMA network together with handsets from many of the leading handset vendors.

Ericsson favors an open standards approach to encourage a broad selection of attractive 3G handsets from many different handset and mobile platform vendors. As a natural part of this open standards approach, Ericsson initiated a WCDMA/UMTS-interoperability-testing program by inviting all leading handset vendors to be part of Ericsson's integration process.


WCDMA/UMTS is expected to be the dominant 3G technology as approximately 80% of all mobile subscribers are expected to be part of the GSM to WCDMA evolution track.


By this industry initiative in year 2000, not only networks, but also broad variety of handsets and services are now inter-working in order for operators to be able to launch an attractive 3G business during 2003.
 
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