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New Partners at London 3GPP meeting

October 24, 2016

3GPP has exhibited at the Broadband World Forum (BBWF), held this year at the Excel in London, with both ETSI and 3GPP providing speakers on the 4G/5G theme;

The BBWF week at the Excel also hosted the 3GPP Project Coordination Group (PCG) & Organizational Partner (OP) meetings, at which the group officially decided that the 3GPP system will be known by the name “5G” from Release 15 onwards.

In addition to that formality, the OP also approved the applications of three new Market Representation Partners in 3GPP:

  • Wireless Broadband Alliance
  • Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) Forum
  • 5G Infrastructure Association
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Shape the first MCPTT Plugtest

October 6, 2016

The first MCPTT interop event by ETSI is being planned, seeking to test 3GPP Release 13 Mission Critical Push To Talk features in collaboration with the TETRA & Critical Communications Association (TCCA).

The series will seek to develop an interoperability Test Specification that will allow manufacturers to validate their products against the current standard, testing alongside other implementations to conduct early bug fixing.

Initial Cellular V2X standard completed

September 26, 2016

By Dino Flore, 3GPP RAN Chairman 

As part of the expansion of the LTE platform to new services, and to keep track with the increasing needs of the automotive industry, 3GPP is developing functionality to provide enhancements specifically for vehicular communications - both in terms of direct communication (between vehicles, vehicle to pedestrian and vehicle to infrastructure) and for cellular communications with networks.

The initial Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) standard, for inclusion in the Release 14, was completed last week - during the 3GPP RAN meeting in New Orleans. It focuses on Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications, with further enhancements to support additional V2X operational scenarios to follow, in Release 14, targeting completion during March 2017.

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