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Lifetime achiever gets his Award

September 17, 2021

Stephen Hayes has been granted the 3GPP Lifetime Achievement Award, nominated by his peers and approved by the Project Coordination Group (3GPP PCG), the leadership group in the project.

The award serves not only as recognition of Stephen Hayes’ contribution to 3GPP, but it is also a tribute to his natural empathy and ability to motivate his colleagues towards the fulfilment of common goals.

Stephen has been an unwavering contributor to issues in the Core Network, Systems and Architecture as well as the Radio Access Network area. Much of the time has been spent in leadership positions in 3GPP, such as TSG CN Chair, the TSG SA Chair (for three terms) and the TSG RAN Vice-Chair positions. During all this time he conducted meetings with great fairness and with the focus on finding common ground, often when the experts involved had opposing views.

During yesterday’s Joint TSG CT, RAN and SA plenary session, Stephen Hayes accepted the award with a few words to the 500+ delegates attending the on-line presentation:

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Industrial 5G

September 3, 2021

Enhanced support of Industrial IoT in the 5G System (Rel-17)

By Devaki Chandramouli, Work Item Rapporteur

In Release 17, the 5G System expands the support for Time Synchronization and Time Sensitive communications for any application. The 5G System architecture enables any Application Function (AF) - in the same or different trust domain - to provide its requirements for QoS, traffic characteristics for QoS scheduling optimization, time synchronization activation and deactivation.

If the AF is in a different trust domain from the 5G System, then it provides input via exposure framework, NEF API. If the AF is in the same trust domain as the 5G System, then it provides input directly via the Time Sensitive communication Time Synchronization function (TSCTSF).

The Functional Architecture is shown in the figure below:


IMT-2020 towards 'Beyond'

Interview with Sergio Buonomo, Chief, ITU-R Study Groups Department (Article first published in HIGHLIGHTS Issue 02, March 2021).

The ITU-R has recently published their Recommendation ITU-R M.2150 entitled: 'Detailed specifications of the radio interfaces of IMT-2020', listing the specifications that conform with its requirements for 5G operation.

We invited Sergio Buonomo to answer a few questions, intended to help the 3GPP readership to better understand how our own specifications for 5G are connected to the ITU’s IMT-2020 process.

Highlights: Could you sum up the significance of the IMT process and what it means to conform to it?

SB: The ITU-R is responsible for the Radio Regulations, with the latest set being the 2020 version, which is the essential regulatory document for the service allocation of the frequency bands (8.3 kHz - 275 GHz Range). They define the spectrum allocation for all radiocommunication services in the three ITU-R Regions, including the allocation for the mobile service. Also, there are important “footnotes” in there; defining the identification of IMT in frequency bands for specific countries.


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