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5G service requirements

February 27, 2017

By Toon Norp, Chairman 3GPP SA WG1

In Jeju South Korea, SA WG1 has completed its first normative specification on “Service requirements for the 5G system” (TS22.261), which will now be submitted for approval at the Plenary meeting of the Service and System Aspects Technical Specification Group (TSG SA#75), 8-10 March 2017.

The specification contains requirements on performance targets and basic capabilities - characterized by:

  • Support for fixed, mobile, wireless and satellite access technologies
  • A scalable and customizable network that can be tailored to requirements from multiple services and vertical markets (e.g., network slicing, Network Function Virtualization)
  • Resource efficiency for services ranging from low data IoT services to high bitrate multimedia services
  • Energy efficiency and battery power optimization
  • Network capability exposure to allow 3rd party Internet Service Providers and Internet Content Providers to e.g. manage network slices, and deploy applications in the operator’s Service Hosting Environment
  • Indirect connectivity from a Remote UE via a Relay UE to the network, and service continuity between indirect connections and direct connections.

3GPP TS22.261 defines performance targets for different scenarios (e.g. urban macro, rural macro, indoor hotspot) and applications (e.g. remote control, monitoring, intelligent transport systems, and tactile interaction), for example:

A new logo for 5G Specifications

February 7, 2017

We have approved a new logo to be used on 3GPP 5G specifications from Release 15 onwards. The logo has a new wave pattern, but is a development of the existing LTE waves, using the green of the LTE-Advanced Pro version. The idea is to keep a familiar design aspect with the use of plain black text and textured waves, but to make the logo stronger and sharper – ready for use on the new radio and next generation core specifications for 5G.

The use of the 5G logo on 3GPP specification cover sheets is intended to help the industry to identify at which point in time 5G features will appear. It will be used on the relevant 5G Phase 1 specifications in Release 15 (Complete by late 2018) and then the 5G Phase 2, Release 16 specifications - for completion in 2020. It will also be used for releases beyond, as it is probable that 5G will span a series of releases, as was the case with LTE, which started with Release 8 - continuing beyond Release 14.

For companies and partners wishing to use the 5G logo, a usage guide and logo policy is available on line at

System and Service achievements in Release 14

December 7, 2016
In the last of four interviews filmed at the TSG Plenary meetings, in Vienna, Adrian Scrase, ETSI CTO, talks to Erik Guttman, the 3GPP SA Chairman.
The Vimeo interview discusses;
  • Two key Release 14 features from SA.
  • 3GPP progress on multicast and broadcast content delivery over LTE in Rel-14.
  • Release 15 and 5G, with Stage 1 Requirements now published.

5G New Radio – Hard decisions ahead

December 7, 2016
In a new video interview - Dino Flore, 3GPP RAN Chairman, speaks to ETSI's Adrian Scrase about progress on studies for the new radio technology - scheduled for normative work in Release 15. The interview brings some insights in to the hard decisions on exactly what goes in to Release 15, a process that will be in full swing by the March RAN Plenary meeting.

Standards for the IoT

December 2, 2016

iot summary tmnailWith news reports out this week, that the 3GPP standard is set to be in 35% of low power wide area (LPWA) network connections by 2020, our Working Group RAN3 Chairman - Philippe Reininger - has given a timely presentation at the IoT Business & Technologies Congress (November 30, in Singapore), outlining the latest progress made on specifications for the IoT market.

3GPP now has what he described as a 'portfolio of technologies' that 3GPP operators can use to address market needs. The presentation helps to explain and summarise the major features - eMTC, NB-IOT and EC-GSM-IoT - completed in 3GPP Release 13.

However, the main part of the presentation covered the enhancements that will be published in Release-14, which is due for completion by June 2017.

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