The original scope of 3GPP was to produce Technical Specifications and Technical Reports for a 3G Mobile System based on evolved GSM core networks and the radio access technologies that they support (i.e., Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (UTRA) both Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) modes). The scope was subsequently amended to include the maintenance and development of the Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) Technical Specifications and Technical Reports including evolved radio access technologies (e.g. General Packet Radio Service).
Small Cell Forum
The Small Cell Forum is a not-for-profit membership organisation founded in 2007 to promote femtocell deployment worldwide.
We are independent, technology agnostic and inclusive of all relevant stakeholders. Comprised of mobile operators, telecoms hardware and software vendors, content providers and innovative start-ups, our mission is to advance the development and adoption of femtocell products and services as the optimum technology for the provision of high-quality 2G/3G coverage and premium services within the residential and SME markets. The Forum is chartered to encourage the growth of a partner ecosystem committed to innovation in standards-based network infrastructure and to achieve high levels of collaboration and product interoperability.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies.
We are officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. The high quality of our work and our open approach to standardization has helped us evolve into a European roots - global branches operation with a solid reputation for technical excellence.
ETSI is a not-for-profit organization with 766 ETSI member organizations drawn from 63 countries across 5 continents world-wide.
In this section you will find a more detailed description of ETSI, information on how we work, how we are structured, our role and useful information for visiting ETSI.
The vision of the NGMN Alliance is to provide a platform for innovation by moving towards one integrated network for the seamless introduction of mobile broadband services. In addition, NGMN will coexist with other networks while it facilitates smooth migration from them. The initial objective of the NGMN Alliance is the commercial launch of a new experience in mobile broadband communications and to ensure a long and successful cycle of investment, innovation and adoption of new and familiar services that would benefit all members of the mobile ecosystem.
GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) represents leading GSM/EDGE/WCDMA-HSPA/LTE suppliers, providing trusted, widely referenced reports, facts, analysis and information explaining market developments and trends. GSA advises governments, regulators and policy-makers on the optimum conditions for market development. Briefings are given to media and analysts. GSA-organized seminars facilitate enhanced dialog between operators, members and developer communities. GSA is a 3GPP Market Representation Partner and co-operates with other key organizations worldwide. The website www.gsacom.com is targeted to the industry and the main channel for distribution of information and news. The RSS feed is complemented by social networking services including the GSA LinkedIN Group.
Drawing together leading players from across the mobile industry, the Global Certification Forum (GCF) maintains an independent certification scheme for mobile phones and wireless devices that are based on 3GPP standards. GCF Certification helps ensure that a mobile device works effectively on mobile networks anywhere in the world. GCF's guiding maxim is "test once, use anywhere."
By subjecting new mobile devices to a common set of agreed tests, certification significantly reduces acceptance testing overheads for individual operators and makes it easier for manufacturers to offer their devices in multiple markets simultaneously.
The transparency, rigour and integrity of the certification process contribute to the credibility and global recognition of GCF Certification.
Through its focus on the interoperability of mobile devices and networks, the voluntary GCF Certification scheme complements regulatory type-approval regimes. GCF Certification is supported by the world's leading network operators, device manufacturers and other stakeholders such as test system suppliers and test houses.