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3GPP TSG election results

March 24, 2021

The 3GPP Technical Specification Group (TSG) Plenary e-meetings are now being held, concluding on March 26.

In addition to making progress on Release-17 studies and specifications, all three TSGs have now held leadership elections, for Chair and Vice-Chair positions. Elections in 3GPP are held every two years, with the officials appointed in a series of election rounds of delegate votes, on behalf of their individual 3GPP member companies or organizations.

2020 Excellence Rewarded

March 11, 2021

Four colleagues from the 3GPP Working Groups have received the 3GPP Excellence Award, for their contribution to the progress of standardization efforts in 2020. The four are Stoyan Baev (RAN5), Devaki Chandramouli (SA2), Mihai Enescu (RAN1) and Alf Zugenmaier (SA3).

The permanent Excellence Award roll-of-honour has been updated and, following the virtual Award ceremonies, the physical awards are now on their way to the 2020 recipients.

Initiative to remove non-inclusive terms

February 3, 2021

3GPP groups have started the process of replacing terminology in our specifications that is non-inclusive. The entire leadership proposed jointly a Change request (CR) to the Specification drafting rules (TR21.801), following an initiative led by several individual members.

In their joint proposal (SP-201042) to the TSG SA#90-e meeting, the leaders wrote: “While there are potentially numerous language issues that could be considered offensive, there are two that are most acknowledged and focused on in the industry and applicable to the 3GPP Specifications. These terminologies are “Master / Slave” and “Whitelist / Blacklist” that are often used in 3GPP and other telecommunications / technical documents.”

NG-RAN Architecture

February 19, 2021

In his recent contribution to "5G and Beyond", by Springer, 3GPP WG RAN3 Chair, Gino Masini, describes the NG-RAN architecture as being like "Janus bifrons" - as it supports both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) deployments - Looking at both the past and the future, like the ancient Roman god.

He also describes how the "monolithic" gNB can be split into its components, like layered wooden dolls, with gNB-CU, further split into gNB-CU-CP and gNB-CU-UP, and gNB-DU all nested one inside the other, resembling the Matryoshka.


Gino Masini identifies how 3GPP aims to specify the best possible technical solution, given the requirements from all interested parties. The NG-RAN architecture results from such a mix of very different requirements since the days of Rel-15, building on the success of LTE by meeting the following headline requirements for 5G:

Enabling Edge Computing Applications in 3GPP

September 2020

By Suresh Chitturi, 3GPP Working Group SA6 Chair. (Article first published in HIGHLIGHTS Issue 01, Sept. 2020).

Edge Computing is a concept that enables services to be hosted close to the service consumers and provides benefits such as efficient service delivery with significant reduction in end-to-end latency and decreased load on the transport network. The benefits of Edge Computing will strengthen the promise of 5G and expand the prospects for several new and enhanced use cases – including virtual and augmented reality, IoT, Industrial IoT, autonomous driving, real-time multiplayer gaming, split computing – once the large scale infrastructure and pervasive Wide Area Networks are in place.

The deployment of edge computing involves relationships between multiple providers. Edge Computing Service Providers (ECSP) will play an important role in the construction of infrastructure used by the Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and by Application Service Providers (ASP) – enabling them to host their Edge applications close to the users.

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