This week seven leading mobile operators have united to create a new organization, known as the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) initiative, aimed at taking the industry beyond its current parameters.

The companies involved are Orange, T-Mobile, NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone, Sprint Nextel, KPN, and China Mobile

NGMN this week became a UK limited company and has set requirements for a future wide area broadband network.

The initiative will be working with pre existing standards bodies, and according to a statement will, “seek to shape the development and standardisation of the next generation of mobile technologies.”

The group plans to build upon existing infrastructure and follow what it calls an “evolutionary path” to developing new and innovative services.

Thomas Geitner, Chairman of NGMN Ltd said in a statement: “As major players within the industry and heavy consumers of mobile broadband infrastructure, we believe that the future of mobile networks should be determined by a mix of technical and performance standards.”