The truly global nature of the evolving 3rd Generation mobile technologies was reinforced in a signing ceremony that formally brought standards organizations from China and the US into an international partnership. The ceremony, which welcomed the China Communications Standards Association (CCSA) and the US’s Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) as new Organizational Partners, took place during a meeting of the Organizational Partners of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) in France.

Karl Heinz Rosenbrock, director-general of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), one of the founding Organizational Partners, led the formalities. “ATIS has a long track record as a leading standards organization within the telecommunications industry,” he said. “By contrast, CCSA is newly created, but it represents a formidable body of technical abilities that have already been contributing to the work of 3GPP for a number of years. With this formal acceptance of these organizations within the project, we can look forward to even closer co-operation and a sharing of truly international skills that will make the 3GPP technologies an unbeatable success.”