ASTRI and Huawei co-host the first international standard meeting of 3GPP RAN4 in Hong Kong, facilitating migration to 5G network and development of Smart City (28 – 30 June, 2016)

[Hong Kong, 28 June 2016] Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and Huawei co-host the international standard meeting of 3GPP RAN4 #79AH at Hong Kong Science Park from 28th to 30th June 2016. It is the first time this meeting is held in Hong Kong in its history.

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is a global collaboration of telecommunications associations. The scope of 3GPP includes the development and maintenance of standards of Long Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE-Advanced. The 3GPP specification work is done in Technical Specification Groups (TSGs) and Working Groups (WGs). Radio Access Network (RAN) Work Group (WG) 4 works on the radio frequency (RF) parameters and base station (BS) conformance, and derives the requirements for transmission and reception parameters, and for channel demodulation.

Attended by delegates from global telecommunications operators, equipment manufacturers, mobile terminals and chipset vendors including China Mobile, NTT DOCOMO, Vodafone, Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson, Nokia, China Academy of Telecommunications Technology (CATT),  Intel, Qualcomm, HiSilicon, Samsung, MediaTek, Spreadtrum, LG Electronics, Sony and NEC, to name but a few, this meeting is expected to achieve important progress and extensive consensus on Narrowband IOT (NB-IOT) and LTE-Advanced standardisation, thereby contributing to migration to 5G and development of NB-IOT as well as Smart City.

The key topics of this 3-day meeting will cover BS RF conformance testing, radio resource management (RRM) and demodulation performance for NB-IOT; user equipment (UE) RRM, demodulation and channel state information (CSI) reporting for licensed-assisted access to unlicensed spectrum (LAA); and elevation beamforming/full-dimension multi-input multi-output (MIMO) for LTE UE demodulation in LTE-Advanced.

The 3GPP is vital for the network migration from 4G to 5G. The discussion outcomes will have significant impacts on the 5G network development direction which will contribute to evolution on the Smart City development. NB-IOT technology enables a range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications in Smart City such as smart metering, smart parking, vending machine, to name but a few.  ASTRI strives to develop R&D projects in the area of information and communications technologies (ICT). ASTRI is also working on R&D projects on NB-IOT technology and initiatives that will contribute to the development of Smart City that benefits the general public.

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Delegates from global telecommunications operators, equipment manufacturers, mobile terminals and chipset vendors attend the international standard meeting of 3GPP RAN4 #79AH.

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