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The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPPTM) - 3GPP website - was established in 1998 to develop specifications for advanced mobile communications.

It comprises:

  • seven regional Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) including ETSI
  • market associations
  • several hundred companies

The original scope of 3GPP was to produce globally applicable reports and specifications for a third generation mobile system based on evolved Global System for Mobile communication (GSM™) core networks and the radio access technologies that they support.

Today the project provides complete system specifications for cellular telecommunications network technologies. It covers:

  • radio access
  • the core transport network
  • service capabilities
  • codecs
  • security
  • quality of service

The specifications also provide hooks for non-radio access to the core network, and for interworking with Wi-Fi networks.

3GPP is supported by the Mobile Competence Centre (MCC) which is part of the ETSI Secretariat (see MCC on 3GPP website).