Updated November 11, 2004
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UMTS and HSDPA
Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) technology is experiencing accelerating momentum worldwide. In the US, AT&T Wireless now operates UMTS in six cities. Additionally, Cingular Wireless has announced plans for High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) trials. Globally, there are forty-six commercial UMTS networks already in operation in twenty-one countries, with sixty-six more currently being deployed or in planning. UMTS is well past the trial stage. The Shosteck Group states, “During 2007, we estimate 70 million new subscribers, bringing the total to 125-150 million ...” In addition, the firm predicts that 110 million UMTS handsets will be sold in 2007.
The intent of this two-day meeting is for participants to use and test UMTS, as well as to obtain detailed information about how UMTS works, its benefits, coexistence with GSM/GPRS/EDGE, evolution and interoperability with applications and other networks.
PCCA meetings offer participants access to technical experts, and an environment to ask pertinent questions in an open environment where operators and vendors work together to address the most pressing industry issues. Participants also have opportunities to network with each other to advance their business causes. The PCCA focuses on interoperability of complete solutions, and emphasizes participation from both the wireless and computer industries. Meetings have high-level managers who are technically oriented from the following industry segments: wireless operators, infrastructure vendors, device vendors, computer platform suppliers (OS and hardware), networking equipment vendors, wireless infrastructure software suppliers (e.g., VPNs), optimization vendors, systems integrators and wireless application developers. The PCCA expects 50 or more people to attend this meeting.
The meeting will address questions such as:
November 16. Workshop. 12:00 to 5:00 PM.
This is a hands-on opportunity for participants to work and familiarize themselves with UMTS, using UMTS-capable handsets and modems to test for compatibility with platforms, VPNs, optimization middleware and applications. SIMs and devices will be made available.
12:00 - 12:30 PM Setup
12:30 - 1:00 PM Introduce participants and discuss format and objectives
1:00 - 4:30 PM Open workshop format, single room
4:30 - 5:00 PM Debriefing and summary of results
November 17. Meeting. 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Coffee, lunch provided. The preliminary agenda is as follows.
Note: agenda is subject to change
The UMTS meeting will be held in Redmond, Washington, USA:
These are nearby hotels. We are not providing a room block.
Redmond Marriott Town Center
7401 164th Ave NE
.5 miles away
Residence Inn by Marriott
7575 164th Ave NE
.5 miles away
Courtyard Seattle Bellevue
14615 NE 29th Place
3 miles away
Fairfield Inn Seattle Bellevue
14595 NE 29th Place
3 miles away
15805 NE 28th ST
Bellevue, WA 98008
3 miles away
2122 152nd Ave NE
4 miles away
The registration deadline is one week before the meeting.
Meetings are intended primarily for PCCA members. However, non-member organizations may attend for a fee of $375 per person. Executive-level members may send five people, associate-level members may send two people and affiliate-level members may send one person to the meeting without incurring meeting charges.
As of November 2, we have exceeded the capacity of the current meeting room. Any registrations beyond this date will be on a standby basis. We will inform you via e-mail as soon as possible whether it will be possible to attend or not.
November 11 update: we are no longer accepting any new registrations, even on a standby basis.
The following information is for people presenting at this PCCA meeting: