5 UMTS access arrangements

22.1003GPPTSUMTS Phase 1

UMTS will support a number of access arrangements which will enable UMTS users to access UMTS Core Networks and VHE services from a variety of fixed and mobile terminals. In all cases, access to UMTS networks will require the use of the UMTS USIM. The UMTS specifications shall enable the design of UMTS Mobile Terminals that can be used in different radio access environments, including those provided by public and private radio access networks connected to public and private networks using paired and unpaired radio bands in licensed and licence exempt spectrum.

It is not expected that all of the above access arrangements will be fully supported in UMTS Release’99. However, it is important that the above vision is recognized and that short term decisions that may prevent the realization of that vision are not taken.