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The overall objective of FRAMES was to define the specification of the multiple access scheme for the air interface of the new 3rd generation of digital mobile radio telephony system, UMTS, which will replace current 2nd generation systems, GSM and DCS, taking the backward compatibility to these 2nd generation systems into consideration.


The most significant contribution of the UMTS system consists in establishing new services in the digital mobile telephony to provide high data rate transmission, 2 Mbit/s, settling the european technological leadership in this area previously achieved with GSM.


Integrasys, which was the only spanish company in the consortium, participated with an effort of 9 man/years within the development and implementation area for the UMTS demostrator which follows the system definition from different partners in the project: Ericsson, Nokia, and Siemens.


The total budget for the project was 12 million ecus and its duration, four years.


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