3GPP Releases Technical Report on 5G for Critical Communications
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | Comments

The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) SA1, which determines requirements for mobile standards including mission-critical broadband functionalities, completed its study into 5G requirements.

Four new technical reports from 3GPP SA1 outline the new services and markets technology enablers (SMARTER) for next-generation mobile telecommunications. The reports are major stepping stones on the way to agreeing on the timeline for the work plan for Release 15 and after, a European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) newsletter said.

“TR 22.862: FS_SMARTER – Critical Communications” describes the main areas where improvements are needed for critical communications including latency, reliability and availability to enable industrial control applications and tactile internet. These requirements can be met with an improved radio interface, optimized architecture, and dedicated core and radio resources. All four reports were approved at the recent 3GPP SA#72 meeting, which now clears the way for the subsequent normative specification work to begin. The study started in 2015 looking at potential 5G requirements and resulting in TR22.891, which contains more than 70 different use cases, now categorized into four groups.

3GPP SA1 is now starting to consolidate the four technical reports into a single technical specification with normative Stage 1 requirements for next-generation mobile telecommunications, guiding the work of the Stage 2 and Stage 3 groups in 3GPP.

A draft version of this specification is expected to be available in December; an approved version is planned for March 2017. Meanwhile, other working groups can use these four SMARTER technical reports as input for their studies in this area.

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On 9/22/16, Prof S C Tewari said:
We need technical specs on which we are evolving from 4G.

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