Study Group 19 was
among the three Study Groups meeting in Geneva
September. The group that focuses on mobile telecommunications and fixed-mobile
convergence reached the first stage of approval (known as consent) on a
Recommendation that charts further detail in the migration from GSM (second
generation mobile telephony) to UMTS (a member of the 3G family).
Also known as 3GPP Release 6, the Recommendation (Q.1741.4, IMT-2000
family member GSM evolved UMTS Core Networks) combines and associates relevant
standards from a number of standards development organizations (SDOs) - ARIB, CCSA, ETSI, ATIS, TTA, TTC - into
a globally applicable ITU-T Recommendation.
The SG19 meeting also saw some discussion on the core
network architecture of next-generation mobile networks or 4G.