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3GPP at the Core of the ETSI 5G Summit

April 6, 2017, Sophia Antipolis.

The ETSI summit on 5G Network Infrastructure took place here today, looking behind 5G radio at what is planned to meet the need for a futuristic core network.

Some of the key themes of the day were; how can standards help bridge the divide between the existing network architecture and 5G? what are the 3GPP 5G plans? and what will be the impact of the demands of the internet of everything on them?

Georg Mayer represented 3GPP, giving a presentation on the '5G infrastructure work in 3GPP’.

Work on 5G protocols has now started, but time is tight – with the first phase to be concluded by June 2018. Georg Mayer told participants that “It is not the time anymore for outside bodies to send requirements – You need to contribute directly to 3GPP to influence the work in Release 15.”

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5G paper highlights VR capabilities

April 7, 2017

atis 5g WPATIS have updated and published the second issue of their '5G Reimagined' White Paper, which gives the North American Perspective on deployment scenarios and use cases for 5G networks.

This 68 page paper provides a lot of detail on some of the use cases that will drive the introduction of 5G and the continued development of LTE functionality - to meet that need.

Download the paper ...here


5G Communication for Automation in Vertical Domains

March 14, 2017

By Joachim W. Walewski, Siemens AG, rapporteur of the FS_CAV study item.

A new SA1 study item on requirements for automation in verticals focuses on critical communications as an enabler for wireless control loops. Once complete, the group will have identified the normative 3GPP work needed to deliver 5G for automation in a variety of industries.

The Study item description is in 3GPP SA Plenary document SP-170169.


5G-NR workplan for eMBB

March 9, 2017

By Dino Flore, 3GPP RAN Chairman

A major decision was taken this week in RAN on the 5G New Radio (NR) workplan. In particular, the group agreed to have an intermediate milestone for the early completion of the Non-standalone (NSA) 5G NR mode for the enhanced Mobile BroadBand (eMBB) use-case. In Non-standalone mode the connection is anchored in LTE while 5G NR carriers are used to boost data-rates and reduce latency.

With the updated workplan, NSA will be finalized by March 2018.


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