BELLEVUE, Wash. – September 14, 2015 – Today, 4G Americas released an executive summary titled, Inside 3GPP Release 13: Understanding the Standards for HSPA+ and LTE-Advanced Enhancements. This condensed document provides an overview of the key features for HSPA+ and LTE-Advanced enhancements found in 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 13 (Rel-13). The executive summary is ideal for journalists, analysts, regulators and others who seek a shortened version of major technical features of HSPA+ and LTE-Advanced.
“It may seem as if the tide is rising quickly with the amount of discussion around 5G; however, this is all within a normal cycle of development for the mobile industry’s technology standards,” observed Teck Hu, Senior Standards Manager at Alcatel-Lucent, and co-leader of the Release 13 Executive Summary working group “With seven billion connections using 3GPP standards today, the roadmap for future development of LTE mobile broadband will assure a firm footing for the next generation.”
As featured in the white paper, the focus of Rel-13 standards for LTE-Advanced includes:
HSPA+: enhancements are also addressed further in Rel-13, including:
Other network-related services are also summarized in the paper, including:
Vicki Livingston, Head of Communications at 4G Americas noted, “As work on 3GPP Rel-13 continues to develop the standards for HSPA+ and LTE/LTE-Advanced, simultaneous discussion on future network requirements and recommendations for the next generation of 5G technologies has begun. Groups such as 4G Americas are contributing to the discussion and are liaising with other organizations such as NGMN Alliance, 3GPP, 5G PPP, ITU, CITEL, ATIS, Small Cell Forum and others. It is expected that discussions in the 3GPP working groups will turn to 5G standardization in Rel-14.”
The executive summary, Inside 3GPP Release 13: Understanding the Standards for HSPA+ and LTE-Advanced Enhancements, written collaboratively by members of 4G Americas, is available for free download at www.4gamericas.org. More detailed explanations of 3GPP Rel-13 are provided in the 4G Americas white paper, Mobile Broadband Evolution Towards 5G: Rel-12 & Rel-13 and Beyond.
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4G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization's mission is to advocate for and foster the advancement and full capabilities of the LTE mobile broadband technology and its evolution beyond to 5G, throughout the ecosystem's networks, services, applications and wirelessly connected devices in the Americas. 4G Americas, the voice of 5G for the Americas, is invested in leading 5G development for the Americas and maintaining the current global innovation lead in North America with LTE technology. 4G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. More information is available at www.4gamericas.org. Follow our news on Twitter at @4GAmericas and Facebook at www.facebook.com/4gamericas.
4G Americas' Board of Governors members include: Alcatel-Lucent, América Móvil, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Cisco, CommScope, Entel, Ericsson, HP, Intel, Mitel, Nokia, Qualcomm, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Inc. and Telefónica.