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3G systems should be based on new wide band, multimode, flexible radio access. This approach will ensure that systems based on 3GPP specifications will be capable of rapid development and deployment of competitive service offerings while still enabling global roaming.

Radio Access Network


TSG Radio Access Network (TSG RAN) is responsible for the definition of the functions, requirements and interfaces of the UTRA/E-UTRA network in its two modes, FDD & TDD. More precisely: radio performance, physical layer, layer 2 and layer 3 RR specification in UTRAN/E-UTRAN; specification of the access network interfaces (Iu, Iub, Iur, S1 and X2); definition of the O&M requirements in UTRAN/E-UTRAN and conformance testing for User Equipment and Base Stations.

Terms of Reference

The latest terms of reference were approved at RAN#53
in document RP-111390.

The TSG Radio Access Network (TSG RAN) is responsible for the UTRAN and evolved UTRAN, including their internal structures and functions, of systems for evolved 3G and beyond.

Specifically it has a responsibility for:

  • Radio aspects of Terminal Equipment and evolved Terminal Equipment and evolved UTRAN functions (FDD & TDD), requirements and interfaces.
  • Management of work items placed under its responsibility.

More specifically, TSG RAN will address the following areas of work:

  • Specification of layer 1 of Uu radio interface for UE, Node B and eNode B as well as layer 1 of Un radio interface for relay node and eNode B ;
  • Specification of layer 2 of Uu radio interface for UE, Node B and eNode B as well as layer 2 of Un radio interface for relay node and eNode B ;
  • Specification of layer 3 of Uu radio interface for UE, Node B and eNode B as well as layer 3 of Un radio interface for relay node and eNode B;
  • Overall UTRAN and E-UTRAN architecture, including the specification of interfaces between UTRAN/E-UTRAN and the Core Network, and of network interfaces within UTRAN/E-UTRAN;
  • Specification of LPP between UE and positioning server for LTE, and LPPa between eNode B and positioning server;
  • UTRAN and evolved UTRAN O&M requirements;
  • Transport of implementation specific O&M between the Management System and node B;
  • Conformance test specifications for testing of all aspects of base stations and evolved base stations;
  • Specifications for radio performance and RF system aspects ;
  • Conformance test specification and test procedures for evolved UE;
  • Conformance test specifications for testing of all aspects of base stations and evolved base stations;
  • Specifications for radio performance and RF system aspects;
  • Conformance test specification for evolved UE;
  • Liaising with other TSGs, in particular TSG SA, to ensure overall co-ordination;
  • Elaborating on behalf of 3GPP the submissions to IT.
Glossary of terms 
CN Core Network
FDD Frequency Division Duplex
GERAN GSM EDGE Radio Access Network
IP Internet Protocol
O&M Operations and Maintenance
QoS Quality of Service
TDD Time Division Duplex
UE User Equipment
USIM Universal Subscriber Identity Module
UTRAN Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network
Node B see TS 25.401
VHE Virtual Home Environment

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TSG RAN WG1 Radio Layer 1 specification
TSG RAN WG2 Radio Layer 2 and Radio Layer 3 RR specification
TSG RAN WG3 Iub Iur and Iu specification - UTRAN O&M requirements
TSG RAN WG4 Radio performance and protocol aspects (system) - RF parameters and BS conformance
TSG RAN WG5 Mobile terminal conformance testing
TSG RAN WG6 Legacy RAN radio and protocol
TSG RAN AHG1 Ad-hoc group on ITU (internal) co-ordination
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