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Alain Sultan

I have been a member of 3GPP Mobile Competence Centre since its inception in 1999, when it was originally called “ETSI STF12”.


Today, I am supporting a range of 3GPP activities. One of my main roles is to undertake the overall 3GPP coordination of the content and calendar for each new 3GPP Release. In order to achieve this, I make use of the 3GPP Work Plan, a tool I created several years ago which is now commonly used by the 3GPP community to monitor the progress of the definition of the 3G (UMTS), then 4G (LTE) and now 5G Mobile systems. Related to this, I am also the editor of the "3GPP Release Description" series of documents (TR 21.91x), which explains the content of each completed Release. I also support the group responsible for 3GPP service definition, SA1.

Between 2005 and 2009, in addition to supporting 3GPP work, I assisted in the creation and operation of several ETSI groups, such as TISPAN (fixed network), GSMR (GSM for Railways), MSG and TFES (which provides the link between ETSI and the European Commission), etc.

When I first joined ETSI in 1999, I supported the Network Architecture group (ETSI SMG12, that became 3GPP SA2), which I previously attended as an Orange delegate, keeping my duties of Editor of the "3G Network Architecture" Technical Specification (TS 23.002).

Prior to ETSI, I worked as a Research Engineer at Orange Labs for 3 years. In addition to my involvement in internal projects, my main mission was to represent the Orange group at ETSI and ITU-T for the definition of 3G, where I played an active role including editing a number of technical specifications and chairing a few ad-hoc groups.

Between 1994-1995, I completed a 12-month stint with the French Airforce labs, for my military duty, as a "Military Scientist", working on signal processing for a 3D-sound simulator project.

In 1994, I graduated from CentraleSupelec, a renowned engineer school near Paris, with a specialisation in Telecommunications.

Contact Alain:

Tel: +33 (0)4 92 94 42 71 email:alain.sultan@3gpp.org
Mobile: +33 (0)6 74 40 83 70
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