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5G Standardisation for Industry Verticals

5G is bringing benefits to many industry verticals, spanning automotive, broadcasting and media, energy and utilities, healthcare, manufacturing, maritime, mining, public safety. It can also enable new applications through the integation of satellite and take rural connectivity to new places. Investments in 5G should go hand in hand with inputs to the standards development process to ensure end-user requirements are properly met and that the capabilities, interfaces, and performance characteristics they need are accounted for.

An online collaboration tool for industry and standards specialists

This may sound like a daunting task for many verticals with little or no experience of working with a community of telecom industry specialists. This is where this Standards Tracker comes into play as a collaboration platform helping to lower entry barriers for verticals. It is designed to help specialists from industry verticals navigate their way through the various and often complex processes and stages, define technical requirements and maximise impacts with the resources available to them. It also guides standards specialists in embracing newcomers to create a bigger and more diverse community with potentially high impacts through mutual support. 

Its focus for now is on 5G standardisation work within 3GPP as a leader in supporting vertical industries and the roles played by associations like the 5G Infrastructure Association, 5G Automotive Association, 5G Alliance for Connected Industry and Automation and Public Safety Communication Europe. As the 5G standards landscape continues to evolve, so will the tool. 

If you are interested in joining this work as an industry vertical, association, regulator or policy maker, please get in touch with Fransceso Osimanti ( and Maria Giuffrida (, Trust-IT

How to use the tool and join in

  • Latest Updates: Track progress on 5G standardisation and industry verticals, including initiatives from leading vertical associations and activities in the 5G-IA Pre-Standardization WG. 
  • Events: Find the right event for your needs, including webinars on specfic industry verticals and/or on how to contribute to 3GPP. 
  • Practical Guides: Learn how to contribute to 3GPP with our practical tips from verticals and standards specialists, including support services especially designed for verticals.
  • 3GPP Working Groups: Get an understanding of the main activities in the various working groups of 3GPP.
  • Technical Requirements Tracking: Consult the technical view points across diverse vertical industries. Bring your own viewpoints. 
  • Common Requirement Mapping: See how many topics under 5G standardisation are relevant across a wide range of industry verticals. Bring your own contributions to this mapping exercise.
  • 3GPP Plenary Progress: Track on-going study and work items in 3GPP through our Plenary Debriefs, helping to pinpoint opportunities for contributions and/or support gap analysis. Much of this work is done by Hans van der Veen, NEC Europe on the RAN side Riccardo Trivisonno, Huawei (Germany) on the SA side, whom we thank for their valued inputs.


Summary Report from 3GPP plenaries (mainly RAN) #99 (Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 20 - 24 March 2023)

Hans van der Veen, NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH




-     The remaining Rel-17 RAN4 performance work was completed.


-     No new Rel-18 work was allowed in RAN, except following request from SA2, ITU-R and to resolve open issues:

-    IMT-2020 satellite submission

-    RAN3 NPN, slicing and URLLC (based on SA2 needs)

Meetings and Events

Hans van der Veen, NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH




-     Most Rel-17 RAN4 performance Work Items for non-spectrum topics were closed, but two remain open:

-    Extending current NR operation to 71GHz

-    Solutions for NR to support non-terrestrial networks (NTN)


-     Rel-18 RAN ASN.1 freeze was changed to June 2024 to align with CT

-     Rel-18 Stage 2 and Stage 3 (SA/CT) were extended to June 2023 and March 2024 respectively

Summary Report from 3GPP plenaries (mainly RAN) #97e (Electronic meeting, 12 - 16 September 2022)

Hans van der Veen, NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH



-     Rel-17 core functionality is now frozen (last 2 RAN exceptions were completed; SA/CT Stage 3 work was also completed)

-     Most, but not all, remaining Rel-17 RAN4 performance Work Items for non-spectrum topics were completed

Summary Report from 3GPP plenaries (mainly RAN) #96 (Budapest, Hungary, 6 - 10 June 2022)

Hans van der Veen, NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH


This was the first F2F meeting since December 2019. Delegates were very happy to meet F2F again after such a long time and thought it was much more effective than any electronic meeting.

-     Rel-17 ASN.1 was frozen, but nevertheless the June 2022 version of the specifications is not fully implementable.

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