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NGMN Alliance and TD Industry Association Initiate Cooperation on Next Generation Mobile Networks

(PresseBox) (Frankfurt, Germany and Beijing, China, ) The TD Industry Association (TDIA), the group promoting the rapid and healthy development of the TD-industry, and the NGMN Alliance, the group focussing on the evolution of next generation mobile networks, have established a cooperation agreement to support the globally harmonized development of next generation mobile broadband technologies and services.

The TDIA and NGMN will work together to promote TD-LTE technology worldwide and ensure the development of a convergent standard for Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) based next generation mobile networks. This will lay the foundation to extend market scale and to ensure seamless mobile broadband experience for the customer. The two bodies will widen the scope of work on chipsets and devices, system interworking, trial coordination, spectrum requirements, as well as roaming support.

"Our cooperation with the TDIA will certainly help to ensure that next generation mobile networks will enable an exceptional user experience," stated Dr. Peter Meissner, Operating Officer of the NGMN Alliance. "The aim of this agreement is to avoid fragmentation of standards, to reduce cost and market risks, and to provide truly global services and devices for the end-user."

Yang Hua, Secretary-General of the TDIA commented, "Collaborating with the NGMN Alliance will support our efforts to promote and to develop TD-LTE technology world-wide. We will work on the synchronization of FDD/TDD development so that next generation systems will benefit from the inherent technological advantages of both TDD and FDD."

Follow-up meetings are planned for October 2009 in Geneva, where both organisations will be present at the ITU Telecom World 2009.

About TDIA(

TD Industry Association is engaged in integrating and coordinating the industry resources to promote the rapid and healthy development of TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE telecommunication industry; the key objective of TDIA is to realize the large scale commercial use of TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE in China and global telecommunication markets.TD Industry Association provides a platform for the members to share the technology, test results and market information with each other and to set up common Intellectual Property Rights policies.

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The Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance currently consists of 57 world leading global network operators, technology vendors and universities. The network operators represent more than half of all mobile phone users worldwide and technology vendors represent more than 90 percent of implemented mobile wireless infrastructure. The key objective of the Alliance is to provide a platform for innovation for mobile broadband communications that enables an exceptional mobile user experience - cost-effective and user-friendly services and a range of end user devices like mobile phones and embedded mobile devices for laptops, consumer electronics, game consoles, etc. The NGMN White Paper summarizes the vision for mobile broadband communications and includes common operator recommendations as well as requirements for the standards for the next generation of mobile broadband networks, devices and services.