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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.


The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the world’s leading alliance of public service media. With 119 member organisations from 56 countries, EBU brings together 489 TV channels, 720 radio stations, 560 local windows, 1124 online simulcast channels and stations and 240 exclusive linear services, with a potential audience of 1.05 billion people. 

The European Utilities Telecom Council (EUTC) represents the specific technical and regulatory interests of electric, gas and water utilities, all of which are considered critical infrastructures. Though part of the global Utilities Telecom Council (UTC), EUTC programmes are led by Europeans, designed by Europeans and have a unique European focus in the face of rapid technological change. Its members span major utility operators (large and small), e.g. in France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

This debrief on 3GPP #86 (December 2019) is a valued contribution from Hans van der Veen, NEC Europe, 3GPP specialist and member of the 5G-IA Pre-Standardization WG. 

Its purpose is to help track progress of 5G standardisation with 3GPP as part of the activities of the 5G-IA Working Group. The debrief not only tracks overall progress but also pinpoints new study and work items (SIDs; WIDs) showing where 5G stakeholders from the cellular community, industry verticals and satellite specialists can make contributions. 


This report summarises updates from 3GPP Plenary #85 in Newport Beach (CA), U.S. from Hans van der Veen NEC Labs Europe and member of the 5G Infrastructure Association Pre-Standardization Working Group. 


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