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RAN 87e 5G Standardization Update

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  • March 2020
  • Region: Global
  • Signals Research Group, LLC
  • ID: 5008261

The publisher just finished participating in RAN 87e from the comforts of their home office.  As it stands now, all 3GPP activities through at least June, including the next plenaries, will be done electronically. instead of face-to-face.

Highlights of the Report include the following:

More Electronic Meetings in Store. 3GPP leadership has decided to cancel all planned face-to-face working group and plenary meetings through June.  Instead, the meetings will take place electronically, involving a mix of email discussion threads and conference calls.  A 3-month delay has already been announced and we think a further delay and/or a reduced scope to Release 17 is very possible.  What works well with noncontroversial agenda items doesn’t work when the table stakes are raised.

It isn’t the End of the World.  Another delay to Release 17 beyond the already announced 3-month slippage isn’t the end of the world.  Vendors and operators can focus on commercializing and optimizing R15 and R16 features that could greatly improve the performance of today’s 5G NR networks.

Interesting Agenda Items.  Although 3GPP made progress with some agenda items, other important agenda items remained unresolved.  Highlighted agenda items/email threads that the publisher discusses in this report include UP IP, IAB, PC5 (a new power class for FWA), PC ambiguity, and UE transient states.

The Acronym Soup Matters.  Although the agenda items we discuss sound technical and arcane, there are real-world performance and security issues at stake.  We discuss.

Better Times Ahead.  The publisher had another benchmark study in the works, but their efforts were temporarily stalled by travel constraints, among other factors.  Fortunately, the publisher can still drive test in their local area since that isn’t part of the current “Stay at Home” restrictions in place.  If nothing else, their delays in getting out reports have no impact on active subscriptions, since a subscription is based on the number of received issues and not a fixed period of time.

Table of Contents

User Plane Integrity Protection
Are you PC?
Being PC with FWA
IAB Nodes – The Equivalent of Patting Your Head and Rubbing Your Stomach
When a 5G NR UE becomes Transient
Final Thoughts