The groups are the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, Association of Radio Industries and Businesses/Telecommunication Technology Committee (ARIB/TTC) (Japan), China Communications Standards Association , Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (North America) and Telecommunications Technology Association (South Korea). The project was established in December 1998.
3GPP standards are structured as Releases. Discussion of 3GPP thus frequently refers to the functionality in one release or another.
|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 air interface|
|Release 4||2001 Q2||Originally called the Release 2000 - added features including an all-IP Core Network|
|Release 5||2002 Q1||Introduced IMS and HSDPA|
|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|
|Release 7||2007 Q4||Focuses on decreasing latency, improvements to QoS and real-time applications such as VoIP. This specification will also focus on HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access Evolution), SIM high-speed protocol and contactless front-end interface (Near Field Communication enabling operators to deliver contactless services like Mobile Payments), EDGE Evolution.|
|Release 8 and onwards||In progress (expected 2009)||LTE, All-IP Network (SAE). Release 8 constitutes a refactoring of UMTS as an entirely IP based fourth-generation network.|
Each release incorporates hundreds of individual standards documents, each of which may have been through many revisions. Current 3GPP standards incorporate the latest revision of the GSM standards. 3GPP's plans for the future beyond Release 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 provide insight into how the cellular industry works. They cover not only the radio part ("Air Interface") and Core Network, but also billing information and speech coding down to source code level. Cryptographic aspects (authentication, confidentiality) are also specified in detail. 3GPP2 offers similar information about its system.
3GPP systems are deployed across much of the established GSM market. They are primarily Release 99 systems, but as of 2006, growing interest in High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) is driving adoption of Release 5 and its successors. Since 2005, 3GPP systems were seeing deployment in the same markets as 3GPP2 systems (for example, North America). Industry commentators speculate constantly about the competing systems, and the outcome is unclear.
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