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The whole 3GPP web site is full of technology, the idea of having a ‘Technology’ part of the site is to provide some pointers on the features that are built in to the 3GPP specifications.


At the bottom (Right hand side) of each page on the 3GPP web site, there is a list of some keywords and acronyms, where an article has been written to provide some background material on the topic. There is also a Keywords page that contains further links to pages about specific technologies.

3GPP Series

Some technologies can be [at least partially] aligned with a 3GPP series;

CODECs 26 series
Data 27 series
EDGE 44 series and 45 series
E-UTRAN 36 series
GERAN 4x series’
GPRS See 44 series and 45 series
GSM History ETSI has a good page on the history of GSM
Home NodeB (incl. Femtocell)
HSPA 25 series
IMT-Advanced See TR 36.913 - Requirements for Further Advancements for E-UTRA (LTE-Advanced) , Details of the ITU call for candidates for IMT-Advanced technologies and systems are at
LTE 36 series
OAM&P and Charging 32 series
Radio aspects
Requirements 21 series
Security aspects 33 series
Security algorithms 35 series, 55 series (GERAN specific)
Service aspects 22 series
Network signalling protocols (24 & 29 series) 24 series, 29 series
SIM, USIM 31 series
Technical realization ("stage 2") 23 series
UE and (U)SIM test specifications 34 series
UMTS Start with 25 series
UTRAN 25 series
W-CDMA 25 series

Wiki for 3GPP

Available at, the 3GPP Wiki was launched in September 2008 as a means for the 3GPP community to share knowledge and visions related to 3GPP technical issues.

Technical terms

The 3GPP Report ‘Vocabulary for 3GPP Specifications’ identifies specialist technical terms used within the 3GPP;

  • To ensure that editors use terminology that is consistent across specifications.
  • To provide a reader with convenient reference for technical terms that are used across multiple documents.
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