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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.

Webinar - 3GPP RAN Status

September 27, 2017 (update)

We have subscribed to a new way to disseminate news from 3GPP groups. The 3GPP Brighttalk channel  will host a series of personal presentations by the leadership and rapporteurs, on a topical event or feature.

The first webinar was live on September 25, 2017. Balazs Bertenyi presented a special version of his Chairman's status report on the RAN#77 meeing, held in Sapporo (September 11-14).

If you would like to view the webinar, please visit the 3GPP channel.

Working Group election results

wg leaders coverimageAugust 30, 2017

Nine of our sixteen Working Groups held leadership elections, during their meetings last week. 

Our newly elected Chairs are Wanshi Chen (Qualcomm), elected Chair of 3GPP RAN WG1 and Susana Fernandez (Ericsson), who is the new CT WG3 Chairman. Both have vast experience in the groups and will surely hit the floor running.

The re-elected Chairmen were in CT6 - Heiko Kruse, RAN2 - Richard Burbidge, RAN5 - Jacob John and SA5 - Thomas Tovinger. 

Elections for several Vice-Chairmanships were also conducted, in eight of the groups. The full details of the candidates and the results can be

The 3GPP technical leadership now looks like this (newly elected & re-elected in green): 

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