Standards Tracker Online Tool

5G Standardisation for Industry Verticals

5G is bringing benefits to many industry verticals, spanning automotive, broadcasting and media, energy and utilities, healthcare, manufacturing, maritime, mining, and public safety. It can also enable new applications by integrating satellites and taking rural connectivity to new places. Investments in 5G should go hand in hand with inputs to the standards development process to ensure end-user requirements are properly met and the capabilities, interfaces, and performance characteristics they need are accounted for.

An online collaboration tool for industry and standards specialists

This may sound like a daunting task for many verticals with little or no experience working with a community of telecom industry specialists. This is where this Standards Tracker comes into play as a collaboration platform helping to lower entry barriers for verticals. It is designed to help specialists from industry verticals navigate the various and often complex processes and stages, define technical requirements and maximise impacts with their available resources. It also guides standards specialists in embracing newcomers to create a bigger, more diverse community with potentially high impacts through mutual support. 

Its focus, for now, is on 5G standardisation work within 3GPP as a leader in supporting vertical industries and the roles played by associations like the 5G Infrastructure Association, 5G Automotive Association, 5G Alliance for Connected Industry and Automation and Public Safety Communication Europe. As the 5G standards landscape continues to evolve, so will the tool. This version will keep you updated with the latest developments in 5G technologies. In addition, a new version of the standard tracker will be released as part of the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU), incorporating arising discussions and future roadmaps around standardisation processes linked to emerging 6G technologies.  

A graphical representation of the 5G PPP's standardisation impact is available at this link. If you are interested in joining this work as an industry vertical, association, regulator or policy maker, please get in touch with Claudio de Majo (, Trust-IT Services.

How to use the tool and join in:

  • Latest Updates: Track progress on 5G standardisation and industry verticals, including initiatives from leading vertical associations and activities in the 5G-IA Pre-Standardization WG. 
  • Events: Find the right event for your needs, including webinars on specific industry verticals and/or on how to contribute to 3GPP. 
  • Practical Guides: Learn how to contribute to 3GPP with our practical tips from verticals and standards specialists, including support services especially designed for verticals.
  • 3GPP Working Groups: Get an understanding of the main activities in the various working groups of 3GPP.
  • Technical Requirements Tracking: Consult the technical viewpoints across diverse vertical industries. Bring your own viewpoints. 
  • Common Requirement Mapping: See how many topics under 5G standardisation are relevant across a wide range of industry verticals. Bring your own contributions to this mapping exercise.
  • 3GPP Plenary Progress: Track ongoing study and work items in 3GPP through our Plenary Debriefs, helping to pinpoint opportunities for contributions and/or support gap analysis. Much of this work is done by Hans van der Veen, NEC Europe, on the RAN side Riccardo Trivisonno, Huawei (Germany), on the SA side, whom we thank for their valued inputs.


David Vargas, BBC and Chair of Content Distribution – Technology (CD-T) WG in 5G-MAG presented requirements from the association for 3GPP RAN Release 18 for media and broadcasting at the 3GPP MRP workshop: RAN Release 18 for Industry Verticals, June 2021. 

The main motivation for 5G standards applicable to media distribution is the efficient delivery of media content e.g. TV, radio, on-demand, personalized, immersive, etc., which is currently reaching audiences by means of different networks and technologies.

Tero Pesonen, Chairman of Critical Communications Broadband Group at TCCA gave a joint presentation with PSC-Europe at the 3GPP MRP virtual workshop on RAN Release 18 for Industry Verticals in June 2021. 

Coverage,  availability, resilience, performance, scalability and functional suitability are all key frivers for 5G standardisation in public safety and critical communications.

RAN -18 requirements

Presentation by Leonardo Gomes Baltar (Intel) 5GAA MEC4AUTO WI Lead and WG1 Vice-Chair summarising work on edge computing as a key supporting technology for many V2X services for connected vehicles and automated driving. Key reference white papers and studies from 5GAA are cited. 

Summary of key updates on 3GPP Releases 16 and 17 and planning for Release 18 from TSG RAN #91e (March 2021) from Hans van der Veen, NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH and Member of the 5G-IA Pre-Standardization Working Group


News publishes white paper: How Europe can accelerate network densification for the 5G ERA has published its White Paper entitled “How Europe can accelerate network densification for the 5G Era”.

Cloudscape Brazil 2019 – Position Papers from, To-Euro 5G and NetWorld2020 SME Working Group

Cloudscape Brazil 2019 aims to become the playground for EU-BR initiatives drving innovation in ICT through collaborative work between outstanding research institutes, large enterprises and SMEs.