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RAN 5G Workshop - The Start of Something

Phoenix, AZ, USA, September 19, 2015

A 5G Workshop has been held in Phoenix this week. 550 delegates and over seventy presentations contributed to the discussion, which covered the full range of requirements that will feed TSG RAN work items for the next five years.

In his Workshop Summary (RWS-150073), Dino Flore, RAN Chairman and Workshop Chair, highlighted three high level use cases to be addressed:

  • Enhanced Mobile Broadband
  • Massive Machine Type Communications
  • Ultra-reliable and Low Latency Communications


3GPP NFV Study

October 5, 2015

Management of mobile networks that include virtualized network functions (MANO)

3gpp NFV story3GPP SA Plenary (#69) has approved the SA5 Technical Report (TR) 32.842 “Study on network management of virtualized networks” in Release 13.

The study focused on the NFV management functions and solutions for mobile core networks based on the architectural framework defined by the ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group – looking at the potential impacts of NFV-MANO (Management and Orchestration) on the 3GPP management system.

SA5 is now committed to start work on E2E management solutions in Release 14 with the following work tasks:

NarrowBand IOT

September 17, 2015, Phoenix, USA

A major milestone was achieved this week in RAN (Plenary meeting #69) with the decision to standardize NB-IOT, a new narrowband radio technology to address the requirements of the Internet of Things (IoT). The new technology will provide improved indoor coverage, support of massive number of low throughput devices, low delay sensitivity, ultra-low device cost, low device power consumption and optimized network architecture.

The technology can be deployed “in-band”, utilizing resource blocks within a normal LTE carrier, or in the unused resource blocks within a LTE carrier’s guard-band, or “standalone” for deployments in dedicated spectrum.

NB-IoT is also particularly suitable for the re-farming of GSM channels. “It took us some twists and turns to get there, but we have now set a clear path in Release 13 to meet the needs of the 3GPP industry to further address the promising IoT market.” Dino Flore, the Chairman of 3GPP RAN said, adding; “We entered the meeting with competing technology proposals for standardization. After lengthy discussions we came up with a harmonized technology proposal with very broad industry support as can be seen from the number of companies supporting the approved Work Item”.

Workshop on LAA

Beijing, August 29, 2015

An open 3GPP workshop on Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA) has discussed the status of the standard’s development with some of the key stakeholders in unlicensed spectrum, including IEEE 802 LMSC, Wi-Fi Alliance, Wireless Broadband Alliance, Cable operators, and some of the involved Regulators.

The workshop is set to strengthen collaboration between 3GPP, the IEEE & the Wi-Fi Alliance not least by the increased understanding of each other’s processes that was achieved at the meeting. Dino Flore, the 3GPP RAN Chairman says that the next step will be the finalization of the LAA feature’s design. He said “As emerged during the discussion, things are going in the right direction, but there may be few remaining technical details that will have to be discussed in the coming months, based on further evidence and technical analyses provided by IEEE and the Wi-Fi Alliance”

Low cost m2m over LTE

July 23, 2015

3GPP has completed a study on optimizing LTE for machine-type communications (MTC), to provide devices that are cost competitive with existing 2G equipment.

With the publication of TR36.888 a "Study on the provision of low-cost MTC User Equipment based on LTE" 3GPP has set the minimum requirements that will:

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