We discuss in detail the 3GPP’s UMTS WCDMA technology in its current releases and the forthcoming Release 7, including QoS, HSDPA, HSUPA and novel antenna techniques. We also consider the plans for Long Term Evolution (LTE) and discuss the long term prospects for UMTS dominating over its competitors CDMA2000 and both fixed and mobile WiMAX.
As you know, I have resigned from the Labor Ministry and have decided not to re-contest the seat of Charlton at the next election – both for personal reasons.
Before leaving Parliament, I particularly wish to record my thanks to you for your generous and constructive participation in the deliberations that generated significant economic policy reforms for the Australian community. Continuous economic transformation is a key challenge that faces all Governments.
The development of sound public policy should always be contestable. Ultimately, good and equitable outcomes are not concessions to any particular interest group, but the careful balancing of interests to create the greatest possible benefit for the nation. You have contributed to that, and I sincerely thank you for it.
Greg Combet, Former Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation