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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.

3GPP work taken on-line

May 18, 2020

The 3GPP TSG and Working Group chairs have today notified the community that all 2020 meetings will now be planned as electronic meetings, by default. This decision will allow all groups to plan their e-meetings around the plenary weeks:

  • TSGs#89 CT/RAN/SA; week of Monday 14 September 2020.
  • TSGs#90 CT/RAN/SA; week of Monday 7 December 2020.

In their emails to the groups, the TSG chairs expressed optimism for the re-commencement of face-to-face meetings, but advised that if the circumstances improve to the extent that physical meetings can be resumed, meeting announcements and invitations must be sent out no later than 8 weeks ahead of the meeting start date.

All groups can now plan for the second half of the year, assuming that meetings will be held remotely, but with a process in place that would allow the leadership to bring the work back to physical meetings – with that 8 week period of notice - when the situation allows.

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.

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.


5G in Release 17 – strong radio evolution

December 14, 2019

By Balazs Bertenyi, 3GPP RAN Chair, Nokia

3GPP RAN#86 held 9-12 December made substantial decisions regarding the further technology evolution of 5G NR radio. Nowhere is it more apparent, than in 3GPP RAN, that the 5G ecosystem is building out to be substantially more versatile than LTE.

5G NR radio evolution is carried out with a drive from a multitude of key stakeholders from the traditional commercial cellular industry, a wide variety of industry verticals and the non-terrestrial access ecosystem. The Release-17 work program is a testament that 3GPP is committed to serving all of these key stakeholders.


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