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Evolution towards 5G-Advanced

May 11, 2021

Following his appointment to the RAN Chair, Wanshi Chen has laid out his immediate priorities for the year and for meetings well into 2022 - In a recent ETSI webinar. He has also unveiled the preliminary topics of a June 2021 Workshop on Release 18 – With submissions to be divided into three areas (preliminary agenda): eMBB driven work, Non-eMBB driven functionality and Cross-functionality for both.

The webinar, recorded on May 5, 2021, is now available on the 3GPP Vimeo site: https://vimeo.com/548457634 (no registration required).

Release 17 on time

Wanshi Chen acknowledged that Release 17 - the third release of 5G specifications - has been under pressure due to COVID-19 restrictions, but despite making the move to e-meetings, he reported that the group’s experts have managed to ensure positive progress towards the freeze of the RAN1 physical layer specifications on schedule, by December 2021.

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Release 17 Update from SA2

By Puneet Jain, 3GPP Working Group SA2 Chair (Article first published in HIGHLIGHTS Issue 02, March 2021).

Technical Specification Group SA Working Group 2 is in charge of developing the Stage-2 specifications of the overall system architecture - including the main functions and entities of the 3GPP network, how these entities are linked to each other and the information they exchange.

The group defined the 5G system architecture as part of 3GPP Release-15 and has continued its progress with the Release-16 work - focusing on following key focus areas:


CCSA's Zemin Yang announces his retirement

May 4, 2021

At the recent China Communications Standards Association (CCSA) Board meeting, on April 11, the highly respected Zemin Yang announced his retirement from the post of CCSA Secretary-General. For the past ten years, Zemin Yang has brought grace and expertise into this leadership position - Qualities felt most directly here through his participation in the 3GPP Project Coordination Group (PCG) and the Organizational Partner (OP) meetings.

In his farewell address to PCG he touched on his vision for 3GPP, as an example of positive cooperation. He told colleagues that he felt lucky to have been in the 3GPP family at a time of great importance; “fulfilling our responsibilities to our respective organizations and to 3GPP.” He concluded: “In particular, I should say that whether we agree upon everything or not, we have always been able to treat each other frankly and sincerely, with understanding and real respect. My experience at 3GPP has given me a very fulfilling and enjoyable decade in my career.”


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