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The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is a collaboration between groups
of telecommunications associations, to make a globally applicable third generati
on (3G) mobile phone system specification within the scope of the International
Mobile Telecommunications-2000 project of the International Telecommunication Un
ion (ITU). 3GPP specifications are based on evolved Global System for Mobile Com
munications (GSM) specifications. 3GPP standardization encompasses Radio, Core N
etwork and Service architecture.[1]
The groups are the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, Association
of Radio Industries and Businesses/Telecommunication Technology Committee (ARIB/
TTC) (Japan), China Communications Standards Association [2], Alliance for Telec
ommunications Industry Solutions (North America) and Telecommunications Technolo
gy Association (South Korea).[1] The project was established in December 1998.
3GPP should not be confused with 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2), w
hich specifies standards for another 3G technology based on IS-95 (CDMA), common
ly known as CDMA2000.
Contents [hide]
1 Standards
2 Deployment
3 See also
4 References
5 External links
[edit] Standards
3GPP standards are structured as Releases. Discussion of 3GPP thus frequently re
fers to the functionality in one release or another.
Version Released[3] Info
Release 98 1998 This and earlier releases specify pre-3G GSM networks
Release 99 2000 Q1 Specified the first UMTS 3G networks, incorporating a CDMA ai
r interface[4]
Release 4 2001 Q2 Originally called the Release 2000 - added features including
an all-IP Core Network[5]
Release 5 2002 Q1 Introduced IMS and HSDPA[6]
Release 6 2004 Q4 Integrated operation with Wireless LAN networks and adds HSUPA
, MBMS, enhancements to IMS such as Push to Talk over Cellular (PoC), GAN[7]
Release 7 2007 Q4 Focuses on decreasing latency, improvements to QoS and real-ti
me applications such as VoIP.[8] This specification also focus on HSPA+ (High Sp
eed Packet Access Evolution), SIM high-speed protocol and contactless front-end
interface (Near Field Communication enabling operators to deliver contactless se
rvices like Mobile Payments), EDGE Evolution.
Release 8 Frozen Dec 2008[9] LTE, All-IP Network (SAE). Release 8 constitutes a
refactoring of UMTS as an entirely IP based fourth-generation network.
Release 9 In progress, expected to be frozen in Dec 2009[9] SAES Enhancements, W
imax and LTE/UMTS Interoperability
Release 10 In progress LTE Advanced
Each release incorporates hundreds of individual standards documents, each of wh
ich may have been through many revisions. Current 3GPP standards incorporate the
latest revision of the GSM standards. 3GPP's plans for the future beyond Releas
e 7 are in the development under the title Long Term Evolution ("LTE").
The documents are available freely on 3GPP's Web site. While 3GPP standards can
be bewildering to the newcomer, they are remarkably complete and detailed, and p
rovide insight into how the cellular industry works. They cover not only the rad
io part ("Air Interface") and Core Network, but also billing information and spe
ech coding down to source code level. Cryptographic aspects (authentication, con
fidentiality) are also specified in detail. 3GPP2 offers similar information abo
ut its system.
[edit] Deployment
3GPP systems are deployed across much of the established GSM market[10][11]. The
y are primarily Release 99 systems, but as of 2006, growing interest in High-Spe
ed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) is driving adoption of Release 5 and its succe
ssors. Since 2005, 3GPP systems were seeing deployment in the same markets as 3G
PP2 systems (for example, North America[12]). Industry commentators speculate co
nstantly about the competing systems, and the outcome is unclear.
[edit] See also
Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS)
3GPP Long Term Evolution
Evolution to 3G
IP Multimedia Subsystem
3GPP2 - The 3GPP's counterpart in the CDMA2000 sphere.
GSM services
Telecoms & Internet converged Services & Protocols for Advanced Networks (TISPAN
Open Mobile Alliance
Service layer
European Telecommunications Standards Institute
[edit] References
1.^ a b About The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)
2.^ CCSA Homepage
3.^ 3GPP Specifications - Releases (and phases and stages)
4.^ Overview of 3GPP Release 99, Summary of all Release 99 Features. ETSI Mobile
Competence Centre, Version xx/07/04
5.^ Overview of 3GPP Release 4, Summary of all Release 4 Features, v.1.1.0 (draf
t) ETSI Mobile Competence Centre 2004
6.^ Summary of all Release 5 Features, ETSI Mobile Competence Centre, Version 9
September 2003
7.^ Overview of 3GPP Release 6, Summary of all Release 6 Features, Version TSG #
33, ETSI Mobile Competence Centre 2006
8.^ Review of the Work Plan at Plenaries #31, 3GPP, SP-060232 3GPP TSG SA#31 San
ya, March 13-16 2006
9.^ a b 3GPP Pins Down LTE Specs
10.^ GSM/3G Fast Facts. GSM Suppliers' Association, 10 December 2006
11.^ Resources: 3G/UMTS Commercial Deployments, Table listing commercially launc
hed 3G/UMTS networks based on WCDMA technology, UMTS Forum
12.^ Cingular to Deliver 3G Wireless Broadband Services, Press Release, Cingular
Wireless, MediaRoom 30 November 2004
[edit] External links
3GPP website
3GPP specifications
ETSI GSM UMTS 3GPP Numbering Cross Reference
specification numbering
Tool for visualizing multiple inter-related 3gpp standards
[hide]v • d • eMobile telephony and mobile telecommunications standards
0G (radio telephones) MTS MTA MTB MTC IMTS MTD AMTS OLT Autoradi
2G GSM/3GPP family GSM CSD
3GPP2 family CdmaOne (IS-95)
Other D-AMPS (IS-54 and IS-136) CDPD iDEN PDC PHS

2G transitional
3GPP2 family CDMA2000 1xRTT (IS-2000)
Other WiDEN


3GPP2 family CDMA2000 1xEV-DO (IS-856)

3G transitional
(3.5G, 3.9G) 3GPP family HSDPA HSUPA HSPA+ LTE (E-UTRA)
3GPP2 family EV-DO Rev. A EV-DO Rev. B
Other Mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e-2005) Flash-OFDM IEEE 802.20

4G (IMT-Advanced) 3GPP family LTE Advanced

WiMAX family IEEE 802.16m

Related articles History Cellular network theory List of standards Compari

son of standards Spectral efficiency comparison table Cellular frequencies
GSM frequency bands UMTS frequency bands Mobile broadband
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