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Changing 3GPP to help the verticals

February 25, 2020

Our latest video, recorded at TSG#86 in Sitges, December 2019, brings together:

  • Joachim Walewski, Siemens
  • Roland Beutler, EBU
  • Nicolas Chuberre, Thales Alenia Space
  • Georg Mayer, 3GPP SA Chair.

They discuss the reasons why their sector is in 3GPP and how they feel it is going. There are some frank views on the difficulties encountered and the frustrations that still persist, but there are also some clues on how new verticals don't have to start from scratch and how the project is making attempts to learn from the experience of adapting to the needs of the verticals.

Farewell to a friend

February 20, 2020 (updated Feb. 25)

Ian Doig passed away on Wednesday 19th February, after a short illness.

He will be missed. When he retired at the end of 2019, everyone who visits the ETSI offices might still have expected to occasionally hear his laugh on the forecourt and to be able to pass the time of day with him. Now, we won’t have that.

Ian’s dedication to the work was legendary. From the days as the ETSI link man to Project Team 12 experts and the ETSI Technical Officer supporting TC SMG, to his career as a 3GPP and ETSI delegate on behalf of Motorola and then Blackberry – Ian was on top of things, always leading from the back row of the meeting room, his favoured seat.

CT progress on Rel-16 Stage 3

January 15, 2020

In our latest video – filmed at the last Plenary meetings in Spain, December 12, 2019 - Lionel Morand speaks to Guy Daniels about the current priorities for TSG CT.

The interview covers the status of Release 16, with an explanation of what Stage 3 CT work is all about. It ends with a call to action for new experts – from vertical industries - to contribute further towards getting the protocol work for 5G features done.

3GPP work taken on-line

April 3, 2020

After coordination at the Technical Specification Group level and discussion with the Working Group leadership, it has been decided to shift the TSG CT#88-e, RAN#88-e and SA#88-e Plenary meetings to the week spanning Monday, June 29 to Friday, July 3 (Week 27).

The dates are two weeks later than the original face-to-face TSG#88 meetings they replace.

The freeze of Release 16 (Stage 3 and coding), in all three TSGs, will be the main focus of work, in the lead up to TSGs#88-e.


Vacancy - 3GPP Director of MCC

January 13, 2020

Note: This process is now closed.

ETSI has today started the process of recruiting a Director of the Mobile Competence Centre (MCC), responsible for the management of the 18 strong team, reporting to the ETSI CTO.

The post also includes the duties of 3GPP Specifications Manager.

For full details about the position - created due to John Meredith approaching his retirement bash later in the year - and a copy of the job description, please see the MCC Vacancies page of the site.


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