The transformative potential of 3GPP's current trends and technologies are focused on positively reshaping our daily lives. 5G Americas has released a white paper titled "3GPP Technology Trends," which provides a detailed overview of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and its journey towards 5G-Advanced that begins with Release 18 (NR Rel-18).

Chris Pearson, president, 5G Americas said, "The enhancements brought forth in 3GPP Release 17, such as improved uplink coverage, precision in positioning and robust power-saving features, signify more than just technological advancements. They represent a leap towards a future where connectivity is both ubiquitous and seamlessly integrated into our daily lives."

The document underscores pivotal progressions in NR Rel-17, emphasizing their transformative effects on cellular networks and the wider technology arena. It sets the stage for delving into 5G-Advanced distinguished by groundbreaking applications including the metaverse (encompassing extended reality (XR) and digital twins), reduced capacity (RedCap), integrated sensing and communication (ISAC) and ambient IoT. Moreover, it accentuates the critical role of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) in facilitating the transition from 5G-Advanced to the nascent 6G epoch.

Dr. Christina Chaccour, network solutions manager at Ericsson and working group co-leader of the white paper stated, “5G Advanced, heralded by 3GPP Release 18 and beyond, marks a pivotal moment in mobile communication, initiating the seamless convergence of digital and physical realms. This transformative era witnesses the convergence of XR, ISAC, and the profound influence of AI and ML on networks, sparking innovation and redefining connectivity.”

Key topics covered in this latest 5G Americas white paper include:

  • Release-17 and the journey toward 5G-Advanced
  • XR enhancements for Metaverse
  • RedCap evolution
  • Integrated Communications and Sensing
  • Ambient IoT
  • AI/ML for 3GPP-based wireless networks
  • Spectrum and Air Interface in 3GPP
  • Sustainable development.

Orlett Pearson, senior specialist standardization, Nokia and working group co-leader said, “3GPP's commitment to evolving telecommunications is evident in its pursuit of more efficient, reliable and versatile networks. The transition from 5G to 5G-Advanced and beyond signifies a leap in technological advancements, setting new milestones in connectivity and network capabilities. As additional technological advancements are introduced, 6G will be studied with AI/ML as an integral part of the system, designed to boost performance and usability.”