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3GPP meets IMT-2020

November 28, 2020

Earlier this week the ITU issued a press release to publicise the move to the approval process - by the 193 member states of the Union - of their ITU-R Recommendation: 'Detailed specifications of the radio interfaces of IMT-2020.' (ITU-R M.[IMT-2020.SPECS]).

The document - due for publication in February 2021 - will be the end product of a long process, initiated in 2012, under the banner 'IMT for 2020 and beyond' where the ITU set out its agenda for a steady progression of 5G research activities that would nourish the 3GPP efforts on the new radio and 5G core specification work.

The ITU press release formally announces the radio interfaces that conform with the International Mobile Telecommunications 2020 (IMT-2020) performance requirements:

"The technologies are: 3GPP 5G-SRIT and 3GPP 5G-RIT submitted by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), and 5Gi submitted by Telecommunications Standards Development Society India (TSDSI). During the multi-year development and evaluation process by the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R), these technologies were deemed to be sufficiently detailed to enable worldwide compatibility of operation and equipment, including roaming."

Video interview - Progress on 5G in TSG RAN

November 27, 2020

In our latest video, Balazs Bertenyi tells Brian Dolby of ProactivePR how 3GPP has maintained the pace of 5G work, despite the need to suspend face-to-face meetings since early March 2020.

Bi-monthly Working Group meetings and quarterly Plenaries have moved to e-meetings, with delegates dealing with thousands of contributions over email and holding live discussions over carefully scheduled audio calls.

Live sessions have been rationed in TSG RAN meetings, in recognition of the reality that attending any more than the scheduled 3 hour long discussions on GoTo webinar are a big ask for people in many of the 14 time-zones occupied by delegates. “We try to focus those three hours on the most contentious and difficult topics. Everything else we try to solve over email.” Says Balazs Bertenyi.

Talking about the important role that cellular has played in keeping people in touch during the healthcare crisis, he congratulated the members and individual delegates on being able to keep the contributions flowing throughout.

3GPP Highlights

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

The News-letter is in three distinct Sections. We start with the TECHNICAL HIGHLIGHTS - new articles that lean more towards the detailed work.

Next is the PARTNER FOCUS section where the seveal of the 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.

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.

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.

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