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Farewell to a friend

February 20, 2020

Ian Doig passed away on Wednesday 19th February, after a short illness.

He will be missed. When he retired at the end of 2019, everyone who visits the ETSI offices might still have expected to occasionally hear his laugh on the forecourt and to be able to pass the time of day with him. Now, we won’t have that.

Ian’s dedication to the work was legendary. From the days as the ETSI link man to Project Team 12 experts and the ETSI Technical Officer supporting TC SMG, to his career as a 3GPP and ETSI delegate on behalf of Motorola and then Blackberry – Ian was on top of things, always leading from the back row of the meeting room, his favoured seat.

Many of us at ETSI and throughout the wider 3GPP community will remember Ian as not only a loyal and astute colleague, but as a truly kind person and a great friend. That he should have been taken from us so soon after the retirement he had richly earned is a cruel blow to us all, and of course in particular to his family, to whom we send our sincere, heartfelt, condolences.

Recent News

3GPP work taken on-line for Q1

February 11, 2020

In the light of the current Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, 3GPP has reluctantly decided to cancel all face to face TSG and WG meetings in Q1 2020.

Where practical, the meetings are being replaced with electronic meetings, the details of which are posted on the 3GPP meeting calendar - on this web site - and on the 3GPP portal; 

Meetings in Q2, originally scheduled to be held in China, are now being relocated to other locations - as a precautionary measure. As the situation develops and as we hopefully start to get better news on the end of the coronavirus outbreak, we will publish updates to this page.

Meanwhile, 3GPP would like to express our collective best wishes to everyone affected by this virus and the illness related to it. Our thoughts are with you at this time.


Not going to Barcelona

Story update February 13, 2020

Yesterday, MWC 2020 yielded to the increasing concerns over the coronavirus and the impact that going ahead with the event could have. In a statement the Association said: "GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event."

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