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.


All 5G applications need access to spectrum. Unlike typical smartphone-based 5G consumers, verticals often have very special requirements, ranging from guaranteed latency to cross-border harmonisation. But spectrum is scarce and valuable, and many questions arise around the best way to satisfy the needs of verticals while ensuring fair and equitable allocation of this essential resource. Dedicating spectrum to verticals may result in severe underutilisation and fragmentation.

Meetings and Events

Webinar: 3GPP Progress so far: Industry Verticals and Releases 16 and 17

Date and time: 5th May 2020, 11:00 CEST


11:00-11:05: Welcome and Introduction, Stephanie Parker, Trust-IT and Vice-Chairperson of the 5G-IA Pre-Standardization WG with Maxime Flament, CTO, 5G Automotive Association (5GAA)

First short polls with Maxime Flament

11:05-11:25: 3GPP SA Status and Outlook - May 2020, Georg Mayer, 3GPP TSG Chair for SA (Services)

Meetings and Events

This Debrief comes from the Chair of the 5G-IA Pre-Standardization WG: Riccardo Trivisonno, Huawei (Germany) as part of the group's efforts to track progress on 5G standardisation, support inputs from 5G PPP technical projects and help gap analyses for future standardisation work. 

This Debrief comes from a standards specialist in the 5G-IA Pre-Standardization WG: Hans van der Veen, NEC Lab Europe as part of the group's efforts to track progress on 5G standardisation, support inputs from 5G PPP technical projects and help gap analyses for future standardisation work. 

This is a summary of RAN#87e (March 2020). Because of the COVID-19 virus, the meeting was held as an email meeting only (more than 1100 emails). The agenda was restricted by excluding Rel-17 topics, except for a discussion on the Rel-17 timeline.


3GPP is the leading global initiative for 5G standardisation, spanning cellular telecommunications network technologies, including radio access, the core transport network, and service capabilities, including work on codecs, security, quality of service to provide complete system specifications. 3GPP is also recognised as a key intiative for industry verticals with mechanisms in place to lower entry barriers for newcomers, including mentoring services.

Meetings and Events

At the December 2019 3GPP Plenary in Sitges, three sector specialists joined TSG SA Chair, Georg Mayer, for a panel discussion on their first-hand experiences on 5G standardisation, looking at where we stand today and what further steps are needed to support industry verticals. The panellists were:

Practical Guide


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

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