3GPP Release 16 & 17 Insights

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Various groups of telecommunication associations, which are also known as Organizational Partners, collaborated to form 3GGP. The main objective of 3GGP was to make a globally applicable 3G mobile phone system specifically based on the Global System for Mobile Communication specification within the scope of International Mobile Telecommunications – 2000 project of International Telecommunication Union.

Overview of Release 15 
The focus of Release 15 is Enhanced Mobile Broadband, so all features are geared toward enabling:

  • New Radio (NR) & 5G System – Phase 1
  • Massive Machine-Type-Communication and IoT
  • Vehicle-to-Anything Communications (V2x) Phase 2
  • Mission Critical (MC) interworking with Old systems
  • Wireless LAN and unlicensed spectrum
  • API Exposure – Third party access to 5G services
  • Service Based Architecture
  • Further LTE & 4G improvement
Overview of Release 16
The most notable new verticals and deployment scenarios addressed in release 16 are in the areas of:
  •  Integrated access and backhaul (IAB)
  • NR in unlicensed spectrum
  • Features related to Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC)

  • Positioning

  • Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and vehicle-to-anything (V2X) communications

 Overview of Release 17
There are plenty of features in both Releases 16 and Releases 17. For the sake of brevity and clarity, we have only discussed the key features which we have identified, divided into four main areas:
  • Industrial IoT
  • Other Verticals
  • Network Deployment and Automation
  •  Device Enhancement 

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