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Firm decision on Rel-17 delay in December

October 16, 2020

As cellular connectivity has become paramount in both business and everyday life during the pandemic the importance of 3GPP producing new releases of the standards, which further evolve and enrich 5G functionalities as well as access varieties, is as important as ever.

The cellular industry as well as the growing number of adjacent industries - making use of 5G - need a firm and reliable timeline for all the new features in 3GPP’s 5G standards rollout.

To this end 3GPP is taking a detailed review of the progress of its Rel-17 work program and will determine a completion schedule and all necessary means to adhere to this schedule at the upcoming TSG plenary meetings in December.

3GPP Highlights

The first Issue of the 3GPP News-letter - 3GPP HIGHLIGHTS - has gone to print and is available for review on the 3GPP site.highlights01

The News-letter is in three distinct Sections. We start with the TECHNICAL HIGHLIGHTS - with four articles that lean more towards the detailed work. Next is the PARTNER FOCUS section where five 3GPP Market Partners have contributed interesting and challenging articles about their work. Finally, we take a LOOK INSIDE. This section is intended to open the box on how the project works.

The view from the engine room

August 6, 2020

In our final video interview, recorded just after the TSG#88e Plenaries, Lionel Morand – TSG CT Chair - discusses the importance of Release 15 and the major role that Release 16 plays in delivering the full set of features for the 5G system.

Brian Dolby: Let’s start by asking for an update on the work that you have been doing in Release 16.

Lionel Morand: For 3GPP and the 5G system, it is (Release 16) an important step. Release 15 was Phase 1 for the deployment of 5G, dedicated to the definition of the New Radio (NR) and the definition – in the core network – of a new Service Based Architecture (SBA) dedicated to the inter-connection of the new 5G radio access network.

Excellence Rewarded

August 18, 2020

Back in December 2019, the TSG Leaders sat down to consider the nominations for the annual 3GPP Excellence Awards, where each Working Group Chair in the project has the possibility to put forward one name to receive acknowledgement for their outstanding contribution during the past year.

No sooner had the 2019 Award totems been manufactured, for presentation at the first Working Group meetings of 2020, then fate intervened and the four secret packages remained with the WG Secretaries unable to deliver them to the WG Chairs, because of the postponement of all face-to-face meetings.

Due to this on-going limbo, it has been difficult to carry out the presentations, but today – at last – we can report that all four 3GPP Excellence Awards for 2019 have now been formally announced to the recipients, via virtual meetings.

The final announcements were made today, with Adrian Escott being honoured at the SA3#100-e meeting and the two CT awards for 2019 being announced at a specially convened e-meeting involving a large proportion of the CT group delegates, to pay a surprise tribute to Christian Herrero-Veron (CT1) and Jesus de Gregorio (CT4).

The RAN4 award, for the excellence of Hiromasa Umeda, had already been announced at an earlier meeting. So, the 2019 roll-of-honour is now complete.

CSAE to help drive standards

July 31, 2020

The China Society of Automotive Engineers has joined 3GPP as a Market Representation Partner (MRP). The CSAE's main aim is to promote the sustainable development of the automotive industry. Their past work has been on specifications and Group Standards for the mechanical domain. Now, they are turning their attention to the development of Intelligent Connected Vehicles and to a new role that will help bring China's automotive requirements in to the 5G standards work.

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