The Mobile Broadband Standard
Specification Numbering

 

All 3GPP specifications have a specification number consisting of 4 or 5 digits. (e.g. 09.02 or 29.002).

The first two digits define the series, followed by 2 further digits for the 01 to 13 series or 3 further digits for the 21 to 55 series.

The full title, specification number and latest version number for every specification can be found in the current status list (warning: large file!).

An automated list of Specification numbers - with the Title and details of the Specification Group responsible.

Subject of specification series3G and beyond / GSM (R99 and later)GSM only (Rel-4 and later)GSM only (before Rel-4)
General information (long defunct)     00 series
Requirements 21 series 41 series 01 series
Service aspects ("stage 1") 22 series 42 series 02 series
Technical realization ("stage 2") 23 series 43 series 03 series
Signalling protocols ("stage 3") - user equipment to network 24 series 44 series 04 series
Radio aspects 25 series 45 series 05 series
CODECs 26 series 46 series 06 series
Data 27 series 47 series (none exists) 07 series
Signalling protocols ("stage 3") -(RSS-CN) and OAM&P and Charging (overflow from 32.- range) 28 series 48 series 08 series
Signalling protocols ("stage 3") - intra-fixed-network 29 series 49 series 09 series
Programme management 30 series 50 series 10 series
Subscriber Identity Module (SIM / USIM), IC Cards. Test specs. 31 series 51 series 11 series
OAM&P and Charging 32 series 52 series 12 series
Access requirements and test specifications   13 series (1) 13 series (1)
Security aspects 33 series (2) (2)
UE and (U)SIM test specifications 34 series (2) 11 series
Security algorithms (3) 35 series 55 series (4)
LTE (Evolved UTRA) and LTE-Advanced radio technology 36 series - -
Multiple radio access technology aspects 37 series - -

Note (1): The 13 series GSM specifications relate to European-Union-specific regulatory standards. On the closure of ETSI TC SMG, responsibility for these specifications was transferred to ETSI TC MSG, (Mobile Specification Group) and they do not appear on the 3GPP file server.

Note (2): The specifications of these aspects are spread throughout several series.

Note (3): Algorithms may be subject to export licensing conditions. See the relevant 3GPP page. See also the relevant ETSI pages.

Note (4): The original GSM algorithms are not published and are controlled by the GSM Association.

Technical Reports are of two classes:

  • Those intended to be transposed and issued by the Organizational Partners as their own publications; and
  • Those not intended for publication but which are simply 3GPP internal working documents, used, for example, for documenting planning and scheduling of work, or for holding the interim results of feasibility studies.

The first category have numbers of the form: xx.9xx

The second category have numbers of the form:
xx.8xx (feasibility study reports, etc) or, more rarely,
30.xxx / 50.xxx (planning and scheduling)

Missing Specs: Click here to see those Specs not yet available following the most recent round of TSG meetings.

The 3GPP Specifications are stored on the file server as zipped MS-Word files. The filenames have the following structure:

SM[-P[-Q]]-V.zip

where the character fields have the following significance ...

S = series number - 2 characters (see the table above)
M = mantissa (the part of the spec number after the series number) - 2 or 3 characters (see above)
P = optional part number - 1 or 2 digits if present
Q = optional sub-part number - 1 or 2 digits if present
V = version number, without separating dots - 3 digits

So for example:

  • 21900-320.zip is 3GPP TR 21.900 version 3.2.0
  • 0408-6g0.zip is 3GPP TS 04.08 version 6.16.0
  • 32111-4-410 is 3GPP TS 32.111 part 4 version 4.1.0
  • 29998-04-1-100 is 3GPP TS 29.998 part 4 sub-part 1 version 1.0.0

Further information:

Latest version
The latest versions of the approved specifications in the "latest" directory. The latest version of draft specs (i.e. those not yet under change control) are in the "latest-drafts" directory. See also the page on version numbering.

Particular version
All older versions of specifications (where available) are stored in the archive subdirectory. All versions of all releases of a given specification are placed directly under the name of the specification.

Title or subject
If you only know the title or the subject, but not the specification number, the best place to start looking is the complete list of all 3GPP specification numbers and titles. This list also shows the most recent version in each Release.

Specs related to a particular working group
Each 3GPP TSG Working Group has a home page, which lists the specifications under its responsibility. Follow the links from here

Official versions published by recognized Standards Development Organizations
The 3GPP Technical Specifications (and Technical Reports) which are publicly available from this site have, in themselves, no legal standing. They only become "official" when transposed into corresponding publications of the Partner Organizations. If you are looking for the official versions, see the official publications page.

Yet more information:

Work plan
The 3GPP Work plan describes the new functionality currently being elaborated in the TSG working groups. It also indicates the expected timescales for their finalization.

Releases (and phases, stages)
An introduction to the 3GPP mechanism for specifications releases can be found here.

Historical information
If you need to look for old / superseded specifications or change requests, start here.

TSG working methods
The procedures for creating, enhancing and maintaining specifications are described in TR 21.900. A presentation outlining the release and change request process can be found here.

3GPP Drafting rules
The rules for drafting specifications are described in TR 21.801.

Change Requests
The change request mechanism is used when a correction or new functionality is required for an existing specification.

Version numbering
More information on the version numbering page.

Issuing new TS/TR numbers. More information on this page.

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