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The Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) is one of the third generation (3G) mobile telecommunications systems. In the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) this 'family of third generation systems is referred to as 'International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT-2000).
In addition to traditional speech and datacommunication services, UMTS offers the user full interactive multimedia communications, information and entertainment services with speeds of up to 2 Mbit/s, comparable with the current fixed networks. Further evolutions of UMTS will make even higher transmission speeds possible.
In UMTS there are four different kinds of services defined. Each with it's own quality of service:
UMTS is an European initiative to build further on the success of GSM. 3GPP is responsible for the standardisation of both UMTS and GSM.
The available spectrum of 155 MHz is divided in:
The UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access (UTRA) makes use of W-CDMA in the paired bands. These bands are used for a wide area mobile network with bit rates of 144 kbit/s in suburban and rural areas for high mobile users (up to 500 km/h) up to 384 - 512 kbit/s in urband areas with medium mobility (up to 120 km/h).
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