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ITU-R Confers IMT-Advanced (4G) Status to 3GPP LTE

Chongqing, China, 20th October 2010

The 3GPP candidate technology submission for IMT-Advanced developed as LTE Release 10 & Beyond (LTE-Advanced) was today accepted as a 4G technology at the Chongqing meeting of ITU-R Working Party 5D, having successfully completed Steps 4 through 7 of the IMT-Advanced process in ITU-R, complying with or exceeding the ITU established criteria in all aspects.

The positive assessment of the 3GPP LTE technology by the many IMT evaluation groups across the world, now confirmed by the ITU, reinforces the global preeminence of the work of 3GPP which unites the leading mobile technology companies in developing market oriented high performance broadband mobile wireless systems. Final ratification of the full IMT-Advanced technology family will occur at the ITU-R Study Group 5 meeting in November 2010.

LTE Seminar for Latin America Operators

A 3GPP Seminar aimed at the Latin American Operator community has been held – Hosted by the GSMA at their joint Latin America and North America Conference in Miami, USA.
Over 50 delegates discussed evolution paths towards LTE services, with presentations from the four 3GPP Specification Groups;

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Ian Harris - A Tribute

It is with sadness and a great sense of loss that we report the recent passing away of Ian Harris, the ETSI EMTEL Chairman and former 3GPP T2 Chairman. Ian was a very well-known and loved figure in both the ETSI and the 3GPP standards communities.

Ian’s achievements related to 3GPP work were many; Ian was a vigorous supporter of the facsimile standards and became a main mover in establishing consensus between the facsimile and the GSM communities. As a delegate to the GSM IDEG committee (later ETSI SMG4) since the very beginning (1987), Ian was active in several work items related to mobile data, but his main focus moved to the completion of the SMS specification in 1990. At the end of 1996, he was elected chair of the ETSI SMG4 Message Handling group and he continued in that role as SMG4 became T2 in the newly formed 3GPP. He later became chairman of 3GPP T2. He remained the official rapporteur of several 3GPP specifications on SMS and data related matters.

India joins race towards LTE

LTE India 2010 (New Delhi) & the 3GPP LTE India Workshop (Chennai)

The spectrum auctions in the 2.1GHz band (3G) and the 2.3GHz band (BWA) have helped to create great interest in the LTE India conference and a dedicated 3GPP LTE Workshop.

3GPP presentations to over 500 participants included an overview of the standards as well as detailed presentations on radio aspects and core network evolution.

One of the key topics at both events was whether LTE is set to overtake 3G services in India, with one Operator CTO declaring “It is the right time for LTE in India”

Another popular discussion was on the prospects for TD-LTE, as India seriously considers becoming the second country to plan for a roll out of that variant of the LTE standard.

Russian Operators look to LTE

In a pre-conference seminar dedicated to the technology behind the successful LTE Standards, Russian telecommunications experts have discussed the Regions’ needs with 3GPP Chairmen and leading officials.

The 3GPP Seminar: Evolving Networks to LTE – 3GPP Perspective featured technical presentations and a Panel session with the main Russian Operators, where the road-map to LTE was discussed – On the very day news broke that the Russian mobile broadband provider YOTA will build LTE networks in its new rollouts and will eventually overlay LTE in its current WiMax marketsof Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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