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3GPP

3GPP, otherwise known as the 3rd Generation Partnership Project, was initially formed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute in December 1998. The project was founded alongside other standard development organizations to develop new technology specifications for 3G networks.

The Scope of 3GPP

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project looks after a number of different standards. These include:

  • GSM and related 2G/2.5G standards such as EDGE and GPRS
  • UMTS and associated 3G standards such as HSPA
  • LTE and associated 4G standards
  • 5G standards

3GPP Organisation Partners

There are seven 3GPP Organisational Partners around the world, specifically from Asia, Europe and North America. The aim of this partnership is to determine the general strategy and policy of 3GPP and perform the following tasks:

  • The approval and maintenance of the scope of 3GPP
  • The maintenance of the Partnership Project Description
  • To decide to create or cancel a Technical Specification Group and also approve their terms of reference and scope
  • The approval of funding requirements for Organisational Partners
  • The allocation of financial and human resources from Organisational Partners to the Project Coordination Group
  • To act as the body of appeal on any procedural matters referred to the Organisational Partners

What Strategies Are in Place?

Over the years, 3GPP has handled setting the standards for many security functions required to manage the use cases of communications. To protect user privacy and combat fraud, for example, GSM (the Global System for Mobile Communications) created the standard for Air Interface encryption and SIM cards. In addiction, 3G standards were created to protect against malicious activity online and also mutual authentication to prevent fraud through false base stations.

These are just some instances of where 3GPP has been critical in securing and managing today’s mobile networks and functions. Some of these policies are decades old and have been scaled to billions of users around the world which is a huge feat in itself.

How Does 3GPP Make Decisions?

As mentioned, 3GPP consists of a number of groups that meet at least once every quarter. However, any technical work is undertaken by working groups. During meetings with working groups, delegates meet to talk about proposals for additions or changes to the technical specifications. These proposals are called contributions. Each working group is responsible for maintaining and controlling a specific aspect of a mobile communication system. For example, the SA3 working group is responsible for managing the security aspect. This means they have the task of analysing any enhancements or features developed within 3GPP and maintaining the mechanisms required to secure it.

At Intersec, we keep a close eye on the latest 3GPP reports and technologies that are being recommended and enhanced. It means we can provide our customers with secure, robust and efficient technologies that are backed by the most controlled and secure standards. To find out more about our public alerting technologies or any aspect of our services, speak to our helpful team today. We would be delighted to tell you more about our technology and how we are helping to transform cities.



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