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First 5G NR Specs Approved

NSA freezeDecember 22, 2017

In his RAN report to the TSG SA Plenary – at the end of a week of meetings in Lisbon, Portugal – Balazs Bertenyi presented details of the group’s approval of the Non-standalone 5G NR specifications and also outlined how RAN will now turn towards the completion of Release 15, by June 2018.


Virtual Reality - Ecosystem & Standards Workshop

December 13, 2017 (Update)

A joint 3GPP SA4 & VR Industry Forum Workshop on Standards took place in Santa Clara from the 4 - 6 December. Around 120 participants attended sessions on:

  • sa4 vr small2Standardisation coordination
  • VR content production issues
  • Service providers’ technical requirements
  • VR Hardware/device manufacturer challenges 

The following presentations are now available for download on the 3GPP server:


Enhanced Television Services over 3GPP eMBMS

October 14, 2017

In Release 14, 3GPP has added features to enable mobile networks to deliver television services in new and improved ways. Television and content providers may now directly provide their services over standardized interfaces. Among the many enhancements to the system, highlights include greater radio broadcast range, free-to-air services and transparent mode delivery of digital video signals.


The Cellular Internet of Things

October 24, 2017

By Olof Liberg, former 3GPP GERAN and GERAN WG1 Chairman

In his recently co-authored book ‘Cellular Internet of Things: Technologies, Standards and Performance’ Olof Liberg has drawn on his considerable experience in 3GPP, as the GERAN Chairman and as a regular Ericsson delegate to the RAN groups. In this article he explains how GSM and LTE have evolved to provide services for the Cellular Internet of Things:

Motivated by a vision of a digital society with billions of devices communicating over cellular radio access technologies, 3GPP - in Release 13 - developed no less than three new technologies for the support of internet of things; Extended Coverage GSM Internet of Things (EC-GSM-IoT), LTE for Machine-Type Communications (LTE-M) and Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT). Each has been standardized to ensure that increasingly diverse device and application types are supported by 3GPP networks, around the world.


Preparing the ground for IMT-2020

October 5, 2017

By Giovanni Romano, TIM, 3GPP ITU-R Ad Hoc group coordinator

5g timeline imt2020The October 4, 2017 ITU-R Workshop on IMT-2020 terrestrial radio interfaces had three main objectives, to:

  • Outline the IMT-2020 procedures for submission of proposals and the subsequent acceptance process
  • Get a sighting of the probable proposals for IMT-2020 radio interface technologies
  • Introduce the 9 registered Independent Evaluation Groups (IEG), established to verify the performance of candidate proposals

250 delegates attended the Workshop, including representatives of more than 40 National Administrations.

During the day, four entities - 3GPP, DECT Forum, Korea IMT-2020 and China IMT-2020 – gave initial details of their technology submissions.

Both Korea and China indicated their willingness to submit proposals aligned with ‘3GPP 5G’, stating that their SDOs are actively engaged in 3GPP groups. The DECT Forum indicated that their solution (the ETSI DECT Standard) is focusing on mMTC and mission critical applications and is not aiming to cover the eMBB use case.


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