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3GPP video with TCCA leaders

May 19, 2015

A new 3GPP video discusses how LTE is a vital part of the Critical Communications future, but carries a word of warning from Phil Kidner - the CEO of the TCCA - who believes that the 3GPP specifications are yet to meet all of the mission critical requirements, meaning that TETRA is set to be around for a number of years to come.

LTE Release-13 and the Road to 5G

Dino Flore will speak at the upcoming ATIS 5G Symposium, at the Big Telecom Event in Chicago on June 8.

The presentation is set to describe the main features being developed in Release-13 and 3GPP's initial plans and timeline for our contribution to 5G.

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RIO Welcomes RAN

May 6, 2015

This April saw the first ever RAN working group meeting in Brazil. RAN4 was hosted in Rio de Janeiro by Qualcomm Inc. Keysight Technologies (formerly Agilent Technologies) and TIM Brasil. The meeting was inspired by the Brazilian Communication Ministry, and supported by CPqD Foundation, a Brazilian research institute who led the work in RAN4 to specify the “Brazilian” RF band 31 (450 MHz) back in 2012.

The technical work was typically intense and varied including topics such as requirements for UE receivers with four antennas, which have been in the core standards since Release 8 but never fully specified. Quadruple carrier aggregation is now in full swing as well as the highly topical licensed assisted access (LAA) work to define the co-existence between LTE and WLAN in the 5 GHz ISM band.

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