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3GPP Support for Key events

The following events provide an opportunity for 3GPP officials and experts to meet colleagues and partners, to promote the latest specifications and the work plan of the project.

3GPP does not seek or hold any financial stake in these events:  

 Wireless Russia & CIS, Moscow

2021 5G CIS Russia

 27/05/2021  28/05/2021

Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) Plugtests

FRMCS plugtests

The purpose and scope of the FRMCS Plugtests event are to test independently and jointly all components of the Mobile communication System for Railways. Railway related test cases are available in ETSI TS 103 564. Additional railway-oriented test cases will also be developed specifically for this event.

Visit the ETSI website for more about the event...here

14/06/2021 18/06/2021

 MWC2021, Barcelona

2021 mwc

 28/06/2021  01/07/2021

CommunicAsia, Singapore


14/07/2021 16/07/2021
 The Big 5G Event  31/08/2021  02/09/2021
 TechXLR8 / 5G World   22/09/2021  23/09/2021
 MWC Los Angeles  26/10/2021  28/10/2021

Critical Communications World 2021, Madrid

2021 CCW Madrid

 03/11/2021  05/11/2021


Contact for 3GPP conference participation: Kevin FLYNN, Marketing and Communications Officer, 3GPP

1st Remote Small Cell LTE Plugfest

April 13 - 24, 2015

The Small Cell Forum, in partnership with ETSI, is organizing a Remote Small Cell LTE Plugfest.

This is the 3rd event in the Small Cell LTE Plugfest series and the first one with participants running all of the test sessions from their company premises via a VPN based remote test infrastructure.

ITU Telecom World – LTE in Focus

Doha, December 9, 2014

The audience at ITU Telecom World has heard about the growing role for Critical Communications LTE systems beyond being purely for public safety professionals. Tony Gray of the TCCA identified ‘critical communicators’ as also being transportation and utilities workers as they too need to deliver a level of service, even when other services are down or non-existent. He identified this broader group as a ‘much wider, potential market for LTE’.

Phil Kidner, the CEO of the TCCA, further emphasized the total size of the Critical Communications community, numbering over 7 million globally, many using TETRA technology. He predicted the continuation of TETRA’s success, stating; “Not only will TETRA be a key component of delivering Critical Communications beyond the 10-year timeframe - that others predict - but it will also be able to happily co-exist with LTE.”

Adrian Scrase, ETSI CTO and the Head of the 3GPP Mobile Competence Centre, agreed on the major role that TETRA is playing and how this is helping to drive the work in 3GPP, showing both the importance of the work and the need for dialogue. Adrian Scrase informed the ITU Telecom World audience about the creation of the 3GPP SA6 working group and its first meeting to be held in January 2015.

3GPP SA6 will initially focus on the Mission Critical Push to Talk (MCPTT) application, but seems set to develop in to the home for all future 3GPP mission critical application work.

itu telecomThe session concluded with all of the panelists agreeing that LTE must become part of the ‘mission-critical mainstream’ calling for the LTE specifications to evolve in a collaborative way, taking on the best-practices and deeper knowledge of the Critical Communications community.

Source/Inspired by: ITU Telecom World 2014 Day 1 Highlights; LTE Must Be Standardized for it to Become a Truly Viable Option


Contact for this article: Kevin FLYNN, Marketing and Communications Officer, 3GPP



LTE in Africa

Cape Town, November 12, 2014

This year has seen the start of LTE moving from niche to mass market in Africa, with the most significant growth coming in mobile data connections – which is not surprising given that only 20% of the population currently have broadband (whether fixed or mobile).

Another growth factor is that affordable smartphones are becoming available – we saw $50 dollar models here this week – for users in areas outside of the initial urban hotspots, as connectivity is rolled out.

Speaking in the 3GPP led session of the LTE Africa stream of the conference Mortimer Hope, of the GSMA, highlighted the importance of the mobile industry to the Continent as a motor for growth and job creation. He called for a planned approach towards competition and for the availability of spectrum in a harmonised way across Africa - Both being vital for the future of affordable broadband access.

lte africa pic02aThe 3GPP session also featured two presentations by 3GPP officials. Balazs Bertenyi, the 3GPP SA Chairman, focused on the priorities for system standards development - providing for ‘Stability, Capacity and Growth’ and Philippe Reininger, the RAN3 Chairman, covered the major radio advances for HSPA and LTE – as Release 12 reaches completion.

Spotlight on the All-IP Transition: New Wireless Opportunities

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
(11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. USA, Eastern Time)

The transition from the PSTN to the all-IP network is one of the most significant evolutions in ICT history. This “transition within a transition,” occurs as the industry leverages the power of LTE. Ensuring its success means recognizing the opportunities that new LTE-enabled wireless capabilities bring and how the all-IP transition will advance them. This ATIS webinar covers the critical questions that must be answered in order to progress the all-IP transition in light of the power of LTE:

LTE World Summit – 3GPP participation

[ Extract from the Informa Round-up from LTE WS. Read the full Informa day two round-up here…]

"Day Two of the LTE World Summit was introduced by Adrian Scrase, ETSI CTO; Head of 3GPP MCC, who got everyone going with a run through of the work that 3GPP is currently doing on LTE standards. It was a useful update, and the stand out item was that 3GPP is indeed starting to work on standards for operating LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands at 5.8GHz. It is also beginning a study on the use of NFV in a mobile environment and expects that to finished by the beginning of 2016*.

As for 5G, Scrase seemed surprised by the background noise of 5G discussions and said that standardization work won’t even start until 2016, so wouldn’t expect that any live 5G services would be running before the end of the decade..."


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