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20th Anniversary Celebrations

December 7, 2018

The Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea, has celebrated the 20th anniversary of 3GPP by issuing a commemorative badge to its members. 

At the recent TTA 3GPP finance meeting, The Vice-President of TTA, Dr. Koo presented the badge to colleagues, in recognition of the contribution 3GPP has made - confirming that the TTA will continue to help its members to contribute to Global standards and to encourage the proliferation of 3GPP specifications worldwide.

Interoperability and compatibility of 5G specifications

November 27, 2018

By the 3GPP RAN and RAN WG Chairs

Following the freeze of 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) specifications in March 2018 and 5G Standalone (SA) specifications in September 2018 3GPP has been continuing its efforts to ensure full functional integrity and interoperability of 5G NR specifications, especially in light of the imminent first deployments.

There has recently been a lot of industry interest in some of the corrections to the 5G NR specifications, on whether they are backwards compatible (BC) or non backwards compatible (NBC), and possible consequences for network deployment plans and chipset/device plans. Here is a summary from the 3GPP RAN and RAN WG Chairmen on how 5G NR corrections are being handled in 3GPP.

After completion of every release of the 3GPP specifications there is an ongoing process to fix “bugs” in the standards. The process uses Change Requests (CRs) submitted by member companies to the RAN working group meetings. CRs are discussed, often modified to address feedback from other companies, and then agreed or rejected. Four times a year the agreed CRs are approved by the TSG RAN plenary meetings and then included in the next version of the specifications.

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5G for future industry

November 9, 2018

This week, the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) has been approved as a Market Representation Partner (MRP) in 3GPP.

The 5G-ACIA membership base includes a number of industrial equipment suppliers and end-users as well as ICT companies; with the automotive, energy, industrial manufacturing and production sectors all represented.

As 3GPP technology is now being applied to a diverse number of ‘verticals’, this is the best possible time for the 5G-ACIA to bring a coordinated industry based approach to the standards process, one that will help to align 3GPP to the 5G-ACIA vision to bring the “best possible applicability of 5G technology and 5G networks for the manufacturing and process industries”.


3GPP Summit at CEATEC JAPAN 2018

November 1, 2018

By Masa Sumita, Director of Standardization, The Telecommunication Technology Committee (TTC)

3GPP and its Japanese Organizational Partners: The Telecommunication Technology Committee (TTC) and Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) have hosted a “3GPP Summit” Conference Session at CEATEC JAPAN 2018, one of Japan’s largest ICT Conference and Exhibitions (https://www.ceatec.com/en/), on 17th October, 2018 in Makuhari area, Chiba-Pref., Japan.

This event was co-located with the “5G International Workshop” hosted by Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and 5G Mobile Communications Promotion Forum (5GMF), in the same room that afternoon. 

The “3GPP Summit” featured all three Technical Specification Group (TSG) Chairman (CT, RAN, SA) alongside their Japanese Vice Chairman, all joined by the Chairman of the 3GPP Security group (SA3) and the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) – a Partner in 3GPP – who were also presenting. The 3GPP technical leadership event attracted an audience of around 700 people, which was in excess of the full seating capacity of the largest conference room in the Makuhari Messe expo center (https://www.m-messe.co.jp/en/) – So it was standing room only!


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