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The view from the engine room

August 6, 2020

In our final video interview, recorded just after the TSG#88e Plenaries, Lionel Morand – TSG CT Chair - discusses the importance of Release 15 and the major role that Release 16 plays in delivering the full set of features for the 5G system.

Brian Dolby: Let’s start by asking for an update on the work that you have been doing in Release 16.

Lionel Morand: For 3GPP and the 5G system, it is (Release 16) an important step. Release 15 was Phase 1 for the deployment of 5G, dedicated to the definition of the New Radio (NR) and the definition – in the core network – of a new Service Based Architecture (SBA) dedicated to the inter-connection of the new 5G radio access network.

CSAE to help drive standards

July 31, 2020

The China Society of Automotive Engineers has joined 3GPP as a Market Representation Partner (MRP). The CSAE's main aim is to promote the sustainable development of the automotive industry. Their past work has been on specifications and Group Standards for the mechanical domain. Now, they are turning their attention to the development of Intelligent Connected Vehicles and to a new role that will help bring China's automotive requirements in to the 5G standards work.

Putting 5G in perspective

July 16, 2020

In the second of our post TSG#88e video interviews, Georg Mayer discusses the scale of the task to provide specifications for 5G and how many of the most exciting use cases will evolve & grow over two or three 3GPP releases. 

He calls on new users of the 5G technologies to consider taking a role, to improve 3GPP features for the ‘verticals’. 

Sweet 16, a Release by 3GPP

July 12, 2020

In this short video interview, Balazs Bertenyi looks back at the recent TSG RAN Plenary e-meeting. He talks about the challenges – like having to coordinate discussions across 20 time zones – and about the dedication of the delegates, to get Release 16 freeze completed on time.

There is a question also about the IMT-2020 submission process, which is now drawing to a successful conclusion. Finally, Balazs mentions the prospects for Release 17, assuring us that the content is on track, even if continued remote working may lead to a short delay to its completion.

End of an era as RAN6 closes

July 8, 2020

At the recent RAN (#88e) plenary meeting, Working Group 6 – responsible for the GERAN and UTRAN radio and protocol work - was formally closed.

The closure of RAN6 marks the end of a significant era for the mobile industry. The group covered work on 2G and 3G radio capabilities, carrying on from 2G's roots in the original GSM pan-European digital mobile standard.

With 3G, the potential of a global market - for the equipment, handsets and for roaming – began to be achieved, as the standards community of Europe, China, Japan, Korea and North America united in 3GPP, from 1998. This highly successful project helped propel 2G evolution into 3G, and onwards towards fulfilling its promise to become the economic and technology success story of the 21st Century.

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