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.


5G standardisation work in 3GPP continues despite the very difficult situation with the COVID-19 outbreak as delegates from all over the globe meet remotely to push forward their work.

This week CT (core networks and terminals) held its Q1-2020 Plenary as an e-Meeting (CT#87), with a focus on the completion of Release 16. 

Despite the difficult circumstances, great progress has been made:

Due to the precautionary measures related to the COVID-19 outbreak, all face-to-face meetings within 3GPP are now taking place as e-Meetings in Q1 and April 2020.

The 3rd 5G Vertical User Workshop has also been postponed from April 2020 to a date and venue yet to be confirmed.

The sub-set of 3GPP Market Representation Partners (MRPs), namely 5GAA, 5G-ACIA, 5G-IA and PSCE are planning a new webinar series on 5G for industry verticals and standardisation.

Further details on the webinars and related events in 2020 will follow. 

Meetings and Events

The benefits of 5G networks for a growing number of vertical industries calls for involement in global standardisation work. This extended 5G community beyond telecom operators, manufacturers, SMEs and research institutes is a key opportunity for 3GPP to embrace newcomers from industry verticals and work together to optimally capture end-user requirements and support contributions to the 3GPP standardisation process. 

Practical Guide

Planning for 5G NR evolution in Release 17 from 3GPP RAN #86 (December 2019)

The 5G ecosystem is building out to be substantially more versatile than LTE driven by a variety of stakeholders, spanning the traditional cellular industry, diverse industry verticals and the non-terrestrial network ecosystem. The Release 17 work programme is a testament to the commitment of  and towards these stakeholders.

RAN #86 defined the features and their functionalities across RAN 1, RAN 2 and RAN 3: physical layer, radio protocol and radio architecture enhancements. 

5G is an oportunity to drive positioning enhancements as a common requirement across diverse vertical industries.

Key requirements and pointers from the 2nd 5G Vertical User Workshop (July 2019) include:  

The 2nd 5G Vertical User Workshop (July 2019) explored a core set of common requirements across vertical industries to help drive collaborative efforts on standards work of mutual interest. Here are the main outcomes. 

MBMS stands for Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service. It is a point-to-multipoint interface specification for 3GPP cellular networks, designed to provide efficient delivery of broadcast and multicast services both within a cell and the core network.

The 2nd 5G Vertical user Workshop (July 2019) explored a set of common requirements across vertical industries with a view to pinpointing new areas of collaboration and interest groups. Here are the main outcomes for NR Multicast Broadband.

The main drivers for NR multicast broadcast from a vertical industry perspective are: 


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