Inside 3GPP Release 13: Understanding the standards for HSPA+ and LTE-A enhancements

4G Americas
15 Sep 2015

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards are a major reason why the technology supports more than 7.2 billion mobile connections worldwide.

The latest version, 3GPP Release 13 (Rel-13), arrives just as the mobile industry begins discussion and development of another generation, the fifth generation (5G), of mobile technology to face unprecedented challenges: accommodating skyrocketing traffic growth amid a spectrum shortage, escalation of the Internet of Things (IoT) and a vision for network transformation that will create an all-IP environment.

All of that will not be alleviated until the next decade or further as IMT-2020 or 5G technology begins to take shape.

This summary is intended to provide a brief review of some of the key specifications and enhancements outlined in 3GPP Release 13.

This white paper first published on 4G Americas website

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