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5G Mobile Network: 3GPP and IETF to work synergistically

December 7, 2016 / 5G, Standards / Posted By: Kelly Capizzi

While the 5G story is still being written, the requirements to deliver that story are well-known and seem to point towards the collaboration of multiple standards bodies. The challenging requirements also prove a need to look beyond the “traditional” mobile standards leaders of Third-Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and Global System for Mobile communication (GSM). In a recent NetworkWorld article, InterDigital’s Alan Carlton explains why the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) will be key for standardizing 5G.  

Alan explains that while the 3GPP will continue to play an important role, the IETF will specify a significant number of key 5G protocols. The collaboration of the 3GPP and the IETF is not necessarily a new relationship, but actually a continuation of a trend started back in the development of 3G. 3GPP liaised with the IETF, who was then developing all of the protocols for the emerging Internet, throughout the development of 3G to avoid duplication of functionality, according to Alan.  However, with the coming of 5G, it seems the IETF will play a much more integrated and critical role than with previous generations of mobile networks.   

Read the full article here.