Mobile Communications

ETSI is proud to have a leading role in the development of mobile communication technologies. The Institute has been in the front line of this work, from the development of the Global System for Mobile communicationTM (GSM) specifications, through the evolved technologies such as the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution (EDGE), to 3rd Generation and beyond.

GSM and its evolved technologies now serve around 2.5 billion users throughout the world. That sort of success would be impossible without standards, and illustrates the huge potential of well-managed standardization programmes.

User demand, drawn from growing experience with information and communication technologies generally, is driving the mobile communication industry to develop faster, more efficient and more comprehensive mobile services. These have resulted in today's 3rd Generation (3G) technologies, and ETSI was a founding partner in 3GPP, a global standards collaboration. As user expectations continue to grow, ETSI aims to remain very much part of the evolution of 3G and beyond.

Mobile overview

The pages in this part of the ETSI website provide an overview of various aspects of mobile technologies. The 3GPP site contains much more detail, including the specifications themselves, all available free of charge.

The following is a list of the 20 latest published ETSI standards on mobile communications.

A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards. 

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
TS 136 212 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Multiplexing and channel coding (3GPP TS 36.212 version 15.2.1 Release 15)
TS 136 355 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); LTE Positioning Protocol (LPP) (3GPP TS 36.355 version 15.0.0 Release 15)
TS 137 320 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (UTRA) and Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Radio measurement collection for Minimization of Drive Tests (MDT); Overall description; Stage 2 (3GPP TS 37.320 version 15.0.0 Release 15)
TS 136 302 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Services provided by the physical layer (3GPP TS 36.302 version 15.0.0 Release 15)
TS 136 304 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); User Equipment (UE) procedures in idle mode (3GPP TS 36.304 version 15.0.0 Release 15)
TS 136 355 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); LTE Positioning Protocol (LPP) (3GPP TS 36.355 version 14.6.0 Release 14)
TS 136 212 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Multiplexing and channel coding (3GPP TS 36.212 version 13.8.0 Release 13)
TS 131 124 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Mobile Equipment (ME) conformance test specification; Universal Subscriber Identity Module Application Toolkit (USAT) conformance test specification (3GPP TS 31.124 version 15.0.0 Release 15)
TS 136 212 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Multiplexing and channel coding (3GPP TS 36.212 version 14.6.0 Release 14)
TS 136 322 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Radio Link Control (RLC) protocol specification (3GPP TS 36.322 version 15.1.0 Release 15)
TS 136 323 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Packet Data Convergence Protocol (PDCP) specification (3GPP TS 36.323 version 15.0.0 Release 15)
TS 151 010-4 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Mobile Station (MS) conformance specification; Part 4: Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) application toolkit conformance test specification (3GPP TS 51.010-4 version 15.0.0 Release 15)
TS 151 013 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Test specification for Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Application Programming Interface (API) for Java Card (3GPP TS 51.013 version 15.0.0 Release 15)
TS 136 321 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol specification (3GPP TS 36.321 version 14.7.0 Release 14)
TS 136 361 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); LTE-WLAN Radio Level Integration Using Ipsec Tunnel (LWIP) encapsulation; Protocol specification (3GPP TS 36.361 version 15.0.0 Release 15)
TS 134 109 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Terminal logical test interface; Special conformance testing functions (3GPP TS 34.109 version 15.0.0 Release 15)
TS 136 305 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network (E-UTRAN); Stage 2 functional specification of User Equipment (UE) positioning in E-UTRAN (3GPP TS 36.305 version 15.0.0 Release 15)
TS 138 202 5G; NR; Services provided by the physical layer (3GPP TS 38.202 version 15.2.0 Release 15)
TS 138 213 5G; NR; Physical layer procedures for control (3GPP TS 38.213 version 15.2.0 Release 15)
TS 138 214 5G; NR; Physical layer procedures for data (3GPP TS 38.214 version 15.2.0 Release 15)

Several collections of historical documents charting the development of mobile communications standards are available exclusively to ETSI members.