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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.

Putting 5G in perspective

July 16, 2020

In the second of our post TSG#88e video interviews, Georg Mayer discusses the scale of the task to provide specifications for 5G and how many of the most exciting use cases will evolve & grow over two or three 3GPP releases. 

He calls on new users of the 5G technologies to consider taking a role, to improve 3GPP features for the ‘verticals’. 

End of an era as RAN6 closes

July 8, 2020

At the recent RAN (#88e) plenary meeting, Working Group 6 – responsible for the GERAN and UTRAN radio and protocol work - was formally closed.

The closure of RAN6 marks the end of a significant era for the mobile industry. The group covered work on 2G and 3G radio capabilities, carrying on from 2G's roots in the original GSM pan-European digital mobile standard.

With 3G, the potential of a global market - for the equipment, handsets and for roaming – began to be achieved, as the standards community of Europe, China, Japan, Korea and North America united in 3GPP, from 1998. This highly successful project helped propel 2G evolution into 3G, and onwards towards fulfilling its promise to become the economic and technology success story of the 21st Century.

Sweet 16, a Release by 3GPP

July 12, 2020

In this short video interview, Balazs Bertenyi looks back at the recent TSG RAN Plenary e-meeting. He talks about the challenges – like having to coordinate discussions across 20 time zones – and about the dedication of the delegates, to get Release 16 freeze completed on time.

There is a question also about the IMT-2020 submission process, which is now drawing to a successful conclusion. Finally, Balazs mentions the prospects for Release 17, assuring us that the content is on track, even if continued remote working may lead to a short delay to its completion.


3GPP MCC - new Director steps up

June 2, 2020

Issam Toufik has taken up his new post of 3GPP Mobile Competence Centre (MCC) Director; replacing John Meredith, who is set to retire at the end of September - after twenty years in the MCC.

Issam has been on the staff since 2009, as Technical Officer for TSG RAN WG4 and most recently with TSG RAN WG3. On the formal announcement – made to the technical community yesterday - the Chair of the RAN3 group, Gino Masini, said: “Issam has been highly appreciated and esteemed as RAN3 Secretary. Working with him has been a pleasure and a privilege, and in RAN3 we feel proud of the role he is now taking.”


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