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5G includes Virtual Reality from day 1!

October 4, 2018

By Frédéric Gabin, Gilles Teniou and Thomas Stockhammer

To help address the 5G Phase 1 service requirements for Virtual Reality (VR), the 3GPP Codec and Media Working Group (SA4) has completed work on the support of 360° VR streaming services, within Release-15 of the specifications.

Virtual Reality is the ability to be present in a space created by the rendering of natural or synthetic image and sound. To facilitate that presence a set of VR Video and Audio operating points and their mapping to Dynamic and Adaptive HTTP Streaming (DASH) have now been specified in 3GPP specification TS 26.118.

The specification is based on the definition of TV video profiles in 3GPP Release 14, but adds the extensions needed to enable VR services over the large range of device types envisaged for the market.


Video interviews - post TSG#81

October 4, 2018

A new video interview, featuring Balazs Bertenyi and Georg Mayer, talks about progress on 5G and how Release 15 and Release 16 are not the end of the 5G standardization work, but should be seen as the starting line for the race to full 5G.


Workshop on 3GPP submission towards IMT-2020

Brussels, October 24/25, 2018

3GPP will hold a Workshop aimed at informing the ITU sanctioned Evaluation Groups, policy makers and interested experts on the progress of the 3GPP work to meet and exceed the performance requirements for IMT-2020 radio interface technologies. The Workshop will be hosted by The European Commission, in Brussels.


3GPP receives a warm welcome at Gold Coast Plenary

September 10, 2018

The welcoming speeches of the 81st 3GPP Plenary meetings included an inspiring traditional indigenous people’s 'welcome to country'  from Luther Cora, who brought a personal and very human greeting containing his people’s best wishes to all of the visitors to these lands this week.

The Australian Secretary of Communications, Mike Mrdak added the Government’s voice to the warm welcome. Mr. Mrdak told the assembled TSG RAN and CT delegates “Investment in technology is for long term gain, it takes years to design and build the networks of the future… The work you are doing here this week is important to a nation such as ours, because you are setting the standards that enable the next generation of investment… We all carry the responsibility to make clear decisions, with less uncertainty and that specifically help regions and communities to have opportunities in the future.”

The CEO of Telstra, Andrew Penn also welcomed 3GPP to the Gold Coast, he said “We at Telstra are proud to host this week’s meetings – the first time that you have held the plenaries in Australia… An important part of our work is to ensure that standards take Australia’s unique conditions in to account. This is a large modern country with challenging demographics; 5G standards need to work here.” On 5G he told the meeting “We now have the challenge to plan for the unknown, as 5G enables things that we have yet to imagine. It is no wonder that the eyes of the world are on your work.”


3GPP 5G Security

August 6, 2018

By Anand R. Prasad, Alf Zugenmaier, Adrian Escott and Mirko Cano Soveri

In December 2017, the Non-Standalone (aka. NSA) specifications for 5G new radio (NR) were approved, followed in June 2018, by the Standalone specifications – completing the radio part of 5G Phase 1 (3GPP Release 15). The 3GPP Security Working Group (SA3) has been involved from the outset of the work. In this article we briefly introduce security for both Non-Standalone [1] and the Standalone NR 5G system [2].

The 5G system is an evolution of the 4G mobile communication systems. Accordingly, the 5G security architecture is designed to integrate 4G equivalent security. In addition, the reassessment of other security threats such as attacks on radio interfaces, signalling plane, user plane, masquerading, privacy, replay, bidding down, man-in-the-middle and inter-operator security issues have also been taken in to account for 5G and will lead to further security enhancements. This article gives an overview of 5G Phase 1 security as described in Release 15 specifications [1,2]


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