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5G in Release 17 – strong radio evolution

December 14, 2019

By Balazs Bertenyi, 3GPP RAN Chair, Nokia

3GPP RAN#86 held 9-12 December made substantial decisions regarding the further technology evolution of 5G NR radio. Nowhere is it more apparent, than in 3GPP RAN, that the 5G ecosystem is building out to be substantially more versatile than LTE.

5G NR radio evolution is carried out with a drive from a multitude of key stakeholders from the traditional commercial cellular industry, a wide variety of industry verticals and the non-terrestrial access ecosystem. The Release-17 work program is a testament that 3GPP is committed to serving all of these key stakeholders.

A major achievement of the RAN plenary meeting was the approval of the content for Release-17 – both in terms of the list of features included and the detailed functionality within each feature. This decision addresses the work in RAN1, RAN2, and RAN3: physical layer, radio protocol and radio architecture enhancements. Further decisions will be made at RAN#88, in June next year, on the RAN4 work for Release-17.

For Release-17 the physical layer work in RAN1 will start at the beginning of next year, whilst radio protocol and architecture work in RAN2 and RAN3, respectively, will start in the 2nd quarter.

Wednesday Speakers Club at TSG#86

Updated & amended December 12, 2019

Our speaker at the Wednesday speakers club, during TSG#86, Dirk Kretzschmar of TÜViT, presented some of the new directions for ICT security protection against criminal attacks at all levels of the system.

Dirk Kretzchmar described the cyber threat spectrum – from hackers, insiders, organised crime, espionage, terrorists up to the Nation State and acts of war. The presentation looked at how various sectors have an interest in understanding the common criteria that they must establish to protect data and equipment.

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Lifetime Achievement Award for RAN expert

December 11, 2019

TSG RAN#86, Sitges - Spain

At the end of the days work, in the RAN room yesterday, the 3GPP Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Wan Lei, of Huawei Technologies, in recognition of fifteen years of highly productive work within and on behalf of the project.

Wan Lei has led the Huawei standardization efforts on 4G and 5G technologies since 2008, having begun work in RAN - as principle engineer in Ericsson Research, in 2001.

She is a renowned expert in simulation methodology & radio evaluation techniques, and 3D antenna and channel modeling. Wan Lei was also active in the 3GPP self-evaluation process for our LTE-Advanced technology submission as the ITU IMT-Advanced system. More recently, she has ensured a high degree of expert engagement in the evaluation work on 3GPP NR – by her team – to help prepare our submission for the ITU IMT-2020 system – 5G.


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