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A fond farewell

August 23, 2017

By John Meredith, 3GPP Mobile Competence Centre Director

It is my task to bring some sad news to the ETSI and 3GPP community. François Courau, who was the TSG RAN Chairman for a record eight years between 2001 and 2009, passed away last week.

In addition to being a prominent leader in 3GPP, François was an active figure in ETSI Technical Committee SMG and also in the earlier work within the CEPT - as a part of the Groupe Spécial Mobile.

As a member of the GSM "Permanent Nucleus" of full-time experts, he used his formidable skills to help maintain the impetus of GSM development, following the work as it was transferred to ETSI, in 1989.

He went on to hold a number of leadership positions in ETSI SMG and ETSI MSG as well as holding the Chairmanship of 3GPP RAN. In all, François gave more than a quarter of a century to standards and played a significant role in defining GSM, UMTS and LTE systems.

Marine e-Navigation over LTE

 August 16, 2017

22 819LTE and 5G systems will feature in a workshop dedicated to marine communication, with SA1’s Hyounhee Koo delivering an update on the status of TR 22.819 - the 3GPP study on Maritime Communication Services over 3GPP systems - due for publication in June 2018.

The ETSI workshop, held in Sophia Antipolis (November 7-8, 2017), will specifically look at how capacity and data rates in maritime radio communication may be improved – to allow for ‘e-navigation’ solutions from 2019. There will also be discussion on how the Global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS), which uses satellite and terrestrial radio communications equipment to keep vessels in contact, could impact the ETSI and 3GPP standards work.

The detailed programme for the workshop will be available in September. The two day event is free to attend. 

Recent News

Control and User Plane Separation of EPC nodes (CUPS)

July 03, 2017

By Peter Schmitt (Huawei), Bruno Landais (Nokia), Frank Yong Yang (Ericsson)

At the recent CT#76 meeting (June 2017), 3GPP has completed the Release 14 specification of CUPS – set to be a key core network feature for many operators.

CUPS stands for Control and User Plane Separation of EPC nodes and provides the architecture enhancements for the separation of functionality in the Evolved Packet Core’s SGW, PGW and TDF. This enables flexible network deployment and operation, by distributed or centralized deployment and the independent scaling between control plane and user plane functions - while not affecting the functionality of the existing nodes subject to this split.


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