December 2015, Sitges, ES
This video discusses the current re-structuring of the 3GPP Technical Organization, to bring all of the RAN work in to one group.
IoT is one of the biggest topics to arrive in 3GPP in the last release and the current one. Dino Flore and Olof Liberg discuss the three projects that are coming to maturity right now, with the completion of Release 13 work.
Adrian Scrase, ETSI CTO and Head of the 3GPP Mobile Competence Centre:
Olof, this week we have been talking about some organizational changes, within 3GPP, that will affect the work that you are responsible for. Can you explain the changes we are in the process of making?
Olof Liberg, 3GPP GERAN Chairman:
From mid next year (2016), TSG GERAN will be transformed in to two RAN Working Groups. We will create a new working Group – RAN6 – Being responsible for the GSM EDGE Protocol aspects, as well as radio aspects. Also, we will take out the terminal testing parts for GSM EDGE and move it in to the existing RAN5 Working Group for Terminal Testing aspects.
All-in-all this will be a simplification of the organizational set up in 3GPP, it will become crystal clear where the responsibility for the development as well as the maintenance of the 3GPP radio work lies.
AS: Much of the work that will be transferred to the RAN groups concerns machine type communications (MTC), perhaps Dino could explain where we stand now with the adaptation of mobile networks so that they are suitable for MTC?
Dino Flore, 3GPP RAN Chairman:
This is definitely an interesting area, with a lot of enthusiasm in the community. 3GPP is trying to address this promising IoT market, we are doing a variety of projects to do so. We have three main projects; we are enhancing the LTE platform for MTC (LTE-MTC), at the same time we are enhancing the GPRS platform (EC-EGPRS) and we even took a big step to create a new radio specialised for the IoT market, so called Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), to address the low end of the market.
I guess that Olof should explain the progress on the enhancements on the GPRS side.
OL: In GERAN we are evolving the system to cater for IoT systems, In Release 13 we are about to develop a new generation of eGPRS services called Extended Coverage EGPRS, where we will extend the coverage range of the GSM service up to 20 Db, we will offer up to 10 years battery lifetime for IoT devices, support massive deployments of IoT and in addition the systems architecture group (SA3) is developing a new security framework attached to this service, to bring the security for EC-EGPRS up to the same level as we have for the other access technologies.
AS: Perhaps Dino you could also summarize the decisions that have been made here in Sitges (TSG#70), in this respect?
DF: As I said, we are wrapping up the project in which we have developed enhancements for the LTE platform for MTC, this includes long range, long battery life communications delivering all of the capabilities which were needed and deemed necessary for this promising market, and at the same time we are making a lot of progress on the new radio – Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) – specialised for the low end of the market for this very narrowband communication, which is needed for certain markets.
We made a decision in the last plenary (RAN#69, September 2015) to move to the normative phase and the design is progressing quite smoothly, and we will deliver that sometime next year (2016), as per plan.
Note 20/2/2016: at GERAN#69 it was agreed to change the name of the feature EC-EGPRS to EC-GSM-IoT in order to better reflect the targeted market and application for this technology. See: 3gpp.org/ftp/tsg_geran/TSG_GERAN/GERAN_69_Malta/Docs/GP-160221.zip