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20th Anniversary approaches for 3GPP

October 23, 2018

3GPP Working Group SA2 celebrated the 20th anniversary of 3GPP at their recent meeting – SA2#129, held in Dongguan China – by wearing a special commemorative pin (pictured here) and by attending a celebratory social event.

Yingtao Li, President of Products & Solutions at Huawei - who hosted the meeting – congratulated 3GPP on two decades of hard work and for remaining relevant to the success of the industry. He presented commemorative gifts to seven of the original 1999 - SA2 delegates, who are still active in the group, including the current SA2 Chairman, Frank Mademann.


5G includes Virtual Reality from day 1!

October 4, 2018

By Frédéric Gabin, Gilles Teniou and Thomas Stockhammer

To help address the 5G Phase 1 service requirements for Virtual Reality (VR), the 3GPP Codec and Media Working Group (SA4) has completed work on the support of 360° VR streaming services, within Release-15 of the specifications.

Virtual Reality is the ability to be present in a space created by the rendering of natural or synthetic image and sound. To facilitate that presence a set of VR Video and Audio operating points and their mapping to Dynamic and Adaptive HTTP Streaming (DASH) have now been specified in 3GPP specification TS 26.118.

The specification is based on the definition of TV video profiles in 3GPP Release 14, but adds the extensions needed to enable VR services over the large range of device types envisaged for the market.


Video interviews - post TSG#81

October 4, 2018

A new video interview, featuring Balazs Bertenyi and Georg Mayer, talks about progress on 5G and how Release 15 and Release 16 are not the end of the 5G standardization work, but should be seen as the starting line for the race to full 5G.


Workshop on 3GPP submission towards IMT-2020

Brussels, October 24/25, 2018

3GPP will hold a Workshop aimed at informing the ITU sanctioned Evaluation Groups, policy makers and interested experts on the progress of the 3GPP work to meet and exceed the performance requirements for IMT-2020 radio interface technologies. The Workshop will be hosted by The European Commission, in Brussels.


3GPP receives a warm welcome at Gold Coast Plenary

September 10, 2018

The welcoming speeches of the 81st 3GPP Plenary meetings included an inspiring traditional indigenous people’s 'welcome to country'  from Luther Cora, who brought a personal and very human greeting containing his people’s best wishes to all of the visitors to these lands this week.

The Australian Secretary of Communications, Mike Mrdak added the Government’s voice to the warm welcome. Mr. Mrdak told the assembled TSG RAN and CT delegates “Investment in technology is for long term gain, it takes years to design and build the networks of the future… The work you are doing here this week is important to a nation such as ours, because you are setting the standards that enable the next generation of investment… We all carry the responsibility to make clear decisions, with less uncertainty and that specifically help regions and communities to have opportunities in the future.”

The CEO of Telstra, Andrew Penn also welcomed 3GPP to the Gold Coast, he said “We at Telstra are proud to host this week’s meetings – the first time that you have held the plenaries in Australia… An important part of our work is to ensure that standards take Australia’s unique conditions in to account. This is a large modern country with challenging demographics; 5G standards need to work here.” On 5G he told the meeting “We now have the challenge to plan for the unknown, as 5G enables things that we have yet to imagine. It is no wonder that the eyes of the world are on your work.”


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