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RAN adjusts schedule for 2nd wave of 5G specifications

December 14, 2018

by Balazs Bertenyi, Chairman 3GPP TSG RAN

At the TSG RAN plenary, held in Sorrento, December 10 – 13, the group made some decisions with respect to the delivery schedule – or in 3GPP language ‘freeze schedule’ for the 2nd wave of 5G specifications. The figure below depicts the adjusted overall schedule.

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20 Years – a promising start

December 12, 2018

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the creation of 3GPP, delegates have attended a social event at the close of business on day 3 of the 82nd Plenary meetings, in Sorrento this week.

Back in 2008, we celebrated ten years that had built on GSM’s historic Worldwide1 success and evolved it to a new 3rd Generation - fit for mobile broadband. By that time we had also started on the path to deliver LTE specifications, which - over the next ten years - would become the fastest growing mobile technology of our time, with LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro established as the World standard for 4G.

There is a great deal of pride here this week that 20 years has been clocked-up by 3GPP, but the greatest satisfaction is that with the work plan for 5G the project is well placed to remain relevant for the foreseeable future. After 20 years of existence, that is an achievement worth celebrating. 

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.

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.

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