Global Collaborative Work on 5G Standardisation

In this video, Guy Daniels from TelecomTV talks to representatives of the 3GPP, the 3rd Generation Partnership project. The 3GPP was created by seven of the world’s leading  telecoms standard development organisations (ARIB, ATIS, CCSA, ETSI, TSDSI, TTA, TTC), to provide an environment in which to produce the necessary reports and specifications that define cellular technologies. Its work covers radio access, the core transport network, and service capabilities - including work on codecs, security, and quality of service - and provides the interfaces for non-radio access to the core network, and for interworking with WiFi networks.

Its work covers radio access, the core transport network, and service capabilities - including work on codecs, security, and quality of service - and provides the interfaces for non-radio access to the core network, and for interworking with WiFi networks.

It has come a long way since its work on 3G mobile standards; it has also overseen the creation and continuing development of 4G LTE, and its member representatives are now actively involved in 5G preparation work.

Speaking to the chairmen of two of the four technical specification groups -  Dino Flore, Chairman TSG RAN, 3GPP and Erik Guttman, Chairman TSG SA, 3GPP, Guy Daniels asks about future plans for 5G standardisation. This global collaborative work has to drive the development of 5G, whilst also maintaining backwards compatibility with LTE – a standard that itself is still undergoing improvements and adding new functionality.

The partners within the 3GPP have defined the vision and requirements for 5G standardisation via the ITU's IMT-2020. Its job is now to produce the standards that meet these needs with the release freeze expected in March 2020. An earlier version is planned for mid-2018 targeting more stringent market needs and based on a sub-set of prioritised requirements.

The role of the 3GPP.