UMTS Forum warns of need for more spectrum

The UMTS Forum will request at the forthcoming World Radiocommunication Conference that additional spectrum must be urgently identified and allocated to support the projected growth in mobile data. The UMTS Forum, whose members include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Orange France and SFR, said its calculations indicate that mobile data traffic will grow by a factor of 33 during decade from 2010 to 2020. This growth is even more pronounced in Western Europe, where the same study forecasts that data traffic will leap by a factor of 67 in the same 10-year period. The trade body claims that investment in new technologies and network density alone cannot address this upsurge in demand that is widely supported by many other industry forecasts. As such the Forum has asked the ITU to consider reviewing the IMT spectrum allocation at the next World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015. Release