3G Americas is getting a makeover. The trade association, which has championed the 3GPP family of technologies since 2002, will now be known as 4G Americas. In addition, the group broadened its mission to include being an advocate for 3GPP mobile broadband technologies, mobile applications and services and connected devices. Originally, the group was formed to support the 3GPP technology path and address standards recommendations and technical requirements for the GSM air interface technology.
According to 4G Americas President Chris Pearson, the board of directors of the association unanimously voted for the name and mission change, and decided that the 4G Americas moniker was more fitting for the organization, considering how the industry is changing and moving forward.
"This supports our vision," Pearson said.
The broadening of the mission statements does open the door to new types of members, though Pearson said that wasn't the reason behind the decision. "The modification of our mission statement may appeal to a broader membership, and there may be new companies interested in joining us. But that wasn't the purpose of the change," he said.
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