The Mobile Broadband Standard
Specifications
  • Newly brought under change control (i.e. at least 80% complete)
  • Unchanged from their previous versions
  • Revised as a result of incorporating approved Change Requests (either in existing Releases or in the latest Release)
  • At Release-freeze time, upgraded to that Release with no technical change

The 3GPP Mobile Competence Centre (MCC) aims to make all Specs available following a TSG round as soon as possible. The target dates are shown in the table below. Where very many CRs have to be implemented, or very many specifications are to be produced, a further week beyond the above deadlines may be required. These dates are agreed by the TSG Chairmen. Over the Christmas and New Year period, when the winter TSG round finishes shortly before the holiday period, an extra week or so is normally added to the final deadlines.

Quick link to the specifications  file server area

The link above takes you straight to the specifications, but you need to know what you are looking for.

To find a particular specification by series, look at the Numbering page.

3GPP specifications

The term "3GPP specification" covers all GSM (including GPRS and EDGE), W-CDMA (including HSPA) and LTE (including LTE-Advanced) specifications. The following terms are also used to describe networks using the 3G specifications: UTRAN, UMTS (in Europe) and FOMA (in Japan).

Revised versions of many of these specifications are produced up to four times a year following the quarterly TSG plenary meetings.

The table below leads to information about:

  • Specifications arising from each plenary TSG meeting, including the latest versions of each specification that was not changed at that meeting. i.e. each directory holds a complete set of specifications.
  • The month of the meeting and the meeting number
  • The Status List (ZIPped RTF or Word format) summarizing the current version number for every release of every 3GPP specification following each TSG plenary meeting.
  • Details of each specification (working group, rapporteur, the Project Manager in MCC (Mobile Competence Centre), the meeting at which it was, or is expected to be, "frozen" (i.e. the point after which only corrections are allowed) - all are in the Status lists.

Full details of the Specifications, their history and current status can be found in the 3GPP Specifications Status database.

See this link for specs awaited from the most recent Plenary meetings.

year-monthremark

click here to see list of specs still awaited from current plenary round

latest statusspecs directoryTSG CN #TSG RAN* #TSG T #TSG SA #TSG GERAN #TSG CT #
2014-06

New/revised specs available 

StatusList 2014-06   64   64 62 64
2014-03

 

StatusList 2014-03   63   63 61 63
2013-12   StatusList 2013-12   62   62 60 62
2013-09   StatusList 2013-09   61   61 59 61
2013-06   StatusList 2013-06   60   60 58 60
2013-03   StatusList 2013-03   59   59 57 59
2012-12   StatusList 2012-12   58   58 56 58
2012-09   StatusList 2012-09   57   57 55 57
2012-06   StatusList 2012-06   56   56 54 56
2012-03   StatusList 2012-03   55   55 53 55
2011-12   StatusList 2011-12   54   54 52 54
2011-09   StatusList 2011-09   53   53 51 53
2011-06   StatusList 2011-06   52   52 50 52
2011-03   StatusList 2011-03   51   51 49 51
2010-12   StatusList 2010-12   50   50 48 50
2010-09   StatusList 2010-09   49   49 47 49
2010-06   StatusList 2010-06   48   48 46 48
2010-03   StatusList 2010-03   47   47 45 47
2009-12   StatusList 2009-12   46   46 44 46
2009-09   StatusList 2009-09   45   45 43 45
2009-06   StatusList 2009-06   44   44 42 44
2009-03   StatusList 2009-03   43   43 41 43
2008-12   StatusList 2008-12   42   42 40 42
2008-09   StatusList 2008-09   41   41 39 41
2008-06   StatusList 2008-06   40   40 38 40
2008-03   StatusList 2008-03   39   39 37 39
2007-12   StatusList 2007-12   38   38 36 38
2007-09   StatusList 2007-09   37   37 35 37
2007-06   StatusList 2007-06   36   36 34 36
2007-03   StatusList 2007-03   35   35 33 35
2006-12   StatusList 2006-12   34   34 32 34
2006-09 GERAN henceforward meets synchronously with other TSGs, so no further "delta" directories necessary. StatusList 2006-09   33   33 31 33
2006-06 New at GERAN only.   2006-06         30  
2006-06   StatusList 2006-06   32   32   32
2006-04 New at GERAN only.   2006-04         29  
2006-03   StatusList 2006-03   31   31   31
2006-01 New at GERAN only.   2006-01         28  
2005-12   StatusList 2005-12   30   30   30
2005-11 New at GERAN only.   2005-11         27  
2005-09   StatusList 2005-09   29   29   29
2005-08/09 New at GERAN only.   2005-09         26  
2005-06 New at GERAN only.   2005-06         25  
2005-06   StatusList 2005-06   28   28   28
2005-04 New at GERAN only.   2005-04         24  
2005-03 RAN closed and RANnew opened, CN and T closed, CT opened. StatusList 2005-03 27 27bis, 27 27 27   27
2005-01 New at GERAN only.   2005-01         23  
2004-12   StatusList 2004-12 26 26 26 26    
2004-11 New at GERAN only.   2004-11         22  
2004-09   StatusList 2004-09 25 25 25 25    
2004-08 New at GERAN only.   2004-08         21  
2004-06 New at GERAN only.   2004-06         20  
2004-06   StatusList 2004-06 24 24 24 24    
2004-04 New at GERAN only.   2004-04         19  
2004-03   StatusList 2004-03 23 23 23 23    
2004-02 New at GERAN only.   2004-02         18  
2003-12   StatusList 2003-12 22 22 22 22    
2003-11 New at GERAN only.   2003-11         17  
2003-09   StatusList 2003-09 21 21 21 21    
2003-09 New at GERAN only.   2003-09         16  
2003-06 New at GERAN only.   2003-06         15  
2003-06   StatusList 2003-06 20 20 20 20    
2003-04 New at GERAN only.   2003-04         14  
2003-02   StatusList 2003-03 19 19 19 19    
2003-02 New at GERAN only.   2003-02         13  
2002-12, 2002-11   StatusList 2002-12 18 18 18 18 12  
2002-09   StatusList 2002-09 17 17 17 17 11  
2002-06 Rel-5 GERAN features content functionally frozen   2002-06         10  
2002-06 Rel-5 features content functionally frozen (remainder, non-GERAN) StatusList 2002-06 16 16 16 16    
2002-04     2002-04         9  
2002-03 Rel-5 features content functionally frozen (part) StatusList 2002-03 15 15 15 15    
2002-02               8  
2001-12   StatusList 2001-12 14 14 14 14    
2001-11               7  
2001-09   StatusList 2001-09 13 13 13 13    
2001-08               6  
2001-06   StatusList 2001-06 12 12 12 12 5  
2001-06 Rel-4 GERAN features content functionally frozen             4  
2001-03 Rel-4 non-GERAN features content functionally frozen StatusList 2001-03 11 11 11 11    
2001-01               3  
2000-12, 2000-11   StatusList 2000-12 10 10 10 10 2  
2000-11                  
2000-09   StatusList 2000-09 9 9 9 9 1  
2000-06   StatusList 2000-06 8 8 8 8    
2000-03       7 7 7 7    
1999-12 R99 features content functionally frozen     6 6 6 6    
1999-10       5 5 5 5    
1999-06         4 4 4    
1999-05       4          
1999-04       3 3 3 3    
1999-03       2 2 2 2    
1998-12       1 1 1 1    

* TSG RAN was closed at the end of meeting 27 and re-opened for meeting 27 bis.

If you plan to download a large number of specifications we recommend using an FTP client software tool such as:

For additional information relating to 3GPP Specifications, their creation and maintenance, etc. go here.

 

Confidential Algorithms

3GPP confidentiality and integrity algorithms The 3GPP Confidentiality and Integrity algorithms F8 & F9 (KASUMI) have been developed through the collaborative efforts of the 3GPP Organizational Partners. They may be used only for the development and operation of 3G Mobile Communications and services. Every Beneficiary must sign a Restricted Usage Undertaking with a Custodian and (...)

ASN.1

ASN.1 Object Identifiers Abstract syntax notation (ASN.1) object identifiers maintained by ETSI. ETSI is a recognized organization under the ITU-T (formerly CCITT) arc. The formal rules governing assignment of object identifier values are given in ETSI EG 200 351. Since the 3GPP technical specifications are based on GSM specifications, which use object identifiers under the ETSI node, it (...)

Drafting Rules

The Specification drafting rulesTR 21.801 are the rules for the structure and drafting of documents intended to become a 3GPP Technical Specification or Technical Report. These rules are intended to ensure that such documents are drafted in as uniform a manner as is practicable, irrespective of the technical content. 21.801 is based on the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 3, but is a self-contained (...)

Official Publications

The 3GPP Technical Specifications and Technical Reports have, in themselves, no legal standing. They only become "official" when transposed into corresponding publications of the Partner Organizations (or the national / regional standards body acting as publisher for the Partner). At this point, the specifications are referred to as UMTS within ETSI and FOMA within ARIB/TTC. Some TRs (...)
 

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