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Latin American Operators at LTE Summit

3GPP and 3G Americas held a LTE Standards workshop in advance of this years’ LTE Latin America Conference, held in Rio de Janeiro 26-28 April.

Speakers from Operators and Manufacturers’ looked at the huge potential for HSPA and LTE networks and discussed Standards and Regulatory issues that are affecting LTE Roadmaps for the Latin America Region.

Topics such as equipment availability and spectrum scarcity were high on the agenda, along with discussions on systems architecture evolution and backhaul issues.

The presentations from the workshop are available on-line (See full story...)

3GPP and the Broadband Forum Collaborate on Fixed/Mobile Convergence Standards

Fixed/Mobile Convergence (FMC) was the key topic that brought 3GPP and the Broadband Forum together for their first joint workshop, held February 18-19 in San Francisco. The two-day workshop was attended by 120 industry experts, who reviewed over 40 contributions focused primarily on use cases and joint requirements.

IMT-Advanced in Beijing

3GPP technical experts have attended the recent IMT-Advanced workshop, in Beijing, China, hosted by the China MIIT Institute of Communication Standards Research (CATR) and China Mobile.

The workshop was chaired by the 3GPP TSG RAN chairman, Takehiro Nakamura, with the first day given over to 3GPP RAN working group presentations and the second to the twelve IMT-Advanced evaluation groups.

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LTE Networks go live

TeliaSonera has launched two LTE™ networks in Stockholm and Oslo, becoming the first operator to commercially deploy this new technology.

The two networks are fully 3GPP compliant, being built to 3GPP Release 8 specifications, completed by the Technical Specification Groups (TSGs) exactly one year ago.

Stephen Hayes, the 3GPP Service and System Aspects TSG Chairman commented:

“This launch is the culmination of years of hard work by 3GPP. It is gratifying to see the promise of LTE turn into reality. I look forward to seeing LTE fulfill its potential of doing for multimedia what GSM did for voice.”

Bengt Sahlin elected SA3 Chairman

Valtteri Niemi (Nokia Corporation) has completed his third term as Chairman of 3GPP TSG SA WG3 and will now step down from the post,
after the 57th meeting of the Working Group in Dublin, Ireland, 16-20 November.

Bengt Sahlin has been elected as the new Chairman, un-opposed.

Mr Sahlin joined Ericsson in 2000 to work on mobile systems security and product security, he was technical coordinator for Ericsson’s security implementation projects and since 2003 he has been a part of the Ericsson 3GPP SA3 delegation.

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