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Running Friends of 3GPP

On June 11 and 17 delegates to the 3GPP Plenary#64 meetings participated in charity runs through beautiful parkland around the ETSI site in Sophia Antipolis.
Participant's donated funds to the “A chacun son Everest” charity (http://www.achacunsoneverest.com/), a French Association, helping children with life threatening illnesses to reach their own personal summit.

Exactly €6000 euros was raised and handed to the Charity, during a small ceremony on the evening of June 17.

Brigitte Isnart of “A chacun son Everest” thanked 3GPP delegates and ETSI supporters for a wonderful gift, talking about the symbolism of 'Everest', she told the runners and helpers;

"The parallel between the summit and the healing seems obvious, the summit is a symbol, a means, to gain back self-confidence...The doctors unanimously agree that after the advances of medical treatments of the 1980s the next most important thing is to give these children and teenagers a pathway back towards life, by actions, words and support. Thank you all for having participated in our noble cause. Thank you for your energy and your generosity."

Since 1994 this charity has helped 3532 children, provided 263 residential courses, and subsidised 23 hospitals in their support of children with cancer and leukaemia.


RAN Sharing

Study on 3GPP RAN sharing enhancements

A recent study from 3GPP looks at how operators can share common LTE radio resources, according to identified RAN sharing scenarios, whether as a shared deployment or as a leased asset.

The first version of the Technical Report covers the E-UTRAN, but a revised edition is set to follow shortly -  broadening the coverage to UTRAN and GERAN so that 2G, 3G, and 4G networks are covered.

Deploying Public Safety LTE

April 1, 2014, Analysis from radioresourcemag.com/

New data, from James Bennett of SNS Research, suggests that by 2020 the installed base of private public-safety LTE eNodeB units will approach 155,000, serving an estimated 4 million professional users worldwide.

The success of LTE, combined with the limited potential – for data - of existing private mobile radio systems, has led public-safety organizations to consider LTE as the de-facto future standard for mobile broadband. The article also points out that large LTE deployments can save up to 40 percent in the total cost of ownership, by opting for a public-private partnership, using a mix of private and commercial spectrum.

3GPP RAN: Rel-12 and beyond

Dino Flore, 3GPP RAN Chairman, February 2014

3GPP RAN (Radio Access Networks) has started a new innovation cycle which will be shaping next generation cellular systems. The work spans a variety of new technology areas, which are briefly described in this article. 

LTE: capacity and cell-edge performance improvements

In order to meet the growing mobile data demand, 3GPP is looking at a variety of technologies that will improve network capacity and cell edge performance of LTE networks. The key focus here is on network hyper-densification, as it is generally agreed that this approach can deliver significant capacity gains.

fig013GPP started working on Small Cells (low-power nodes) in Release 8, with focus on residential or enterprise use for a Closed Subscriber Group of users. But with Release 12 it is taking the use of Small Cells and network densification to a whole new level in order to achieve the desired capacity gains. This includes the development of a number of radio and protocol solutions that are aimed at improving spectral efficiency and operation when the density of small cells increases.

Security Assurance Methodology (SECAM) for 3GPP Nodes

December 2013

By Loïc Habermacher and Isabelle Kraemer

While an operator’s core network can be assumed to be physically inaccessible, it may not be as secure as one would like it to be. With mobile networks becoming a vital part of society’s critical infrastructure, the need for strong security assurance in products has become increasingly important.

To help provide secure network architectures, 3GPP SA3 has produced a Technical Report describing a new security assurance and evaluation framework for mobile network products. By going beyond traditional inter-operability issues, 3GPP Security Assurance Methodology (SECAM) aims at providing common and testable baseline security properties for the different network product classes.

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