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Australia to adopt Europeans standard for mobile telephone service



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MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS

N E W S IM IU M S IE

21/91

3 May 1991

AUSTRALIA TO ADOPT EUROPEAN STANDARD FOR MOBILE TELEPHONE SERVICE

Australia will adopt the European digital public mobile telephone service standard — Groupe Speciale Mobile (GSM) — for its Public Mobile Telephone Services (PMTS), the Minister for Transport and Communications, Kim Beazley,

said today.

In November 1990, the Federal Government accepted AUSTEL's recommendation that GSM be the PMTS standard but also gave AUSTEL the opportunity to reconsider GSM in the face of emerging technologies.

'Following further consultation with industry and consideration by a standards advisory committee, AUSTEL confirmed GSM as the most appropriate first digital PMTS standard for Australia', Mr Beazley said.

PMTS licences will be awarded to the merged Telecom/OTC and the second carrier. A third PMTS-only carrier will be awarded a licence later that year.

'Announcing the choice of GSM technology for Australia puts to rest any speculation, and gives industry an environment of certainty to plan ahead and further develop the standards material which will be vital to the timely

introduction of digital cellular services within Australia', Mr Beazley said.

'It will also provide opportunities for Australian manufacturing industries, producing for both local consumption and export'.

Media contact:

Gary O'Neill (Minister's office) (06) 277 7200 Bob Horton (AUSTEL) (03) 828 7304