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, â€œseek to shape the development and standardisation of the next generation of mobile technologies.â€
The group plans to build upon existing infrastructure and follow what it calls an â€œevolutionary pathâ€ to developing new and innovative services.
Thomas Geitner, Chairman of NGMN Ltd said in a statement: â€œAs 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.â€