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The European Utilities Telecom Council (EUTC) represents the specific technical and regulatory interests of electric, gas and water utilities, all of which are considered critical infrastructures. Though part of the global Utilities Telecom Council (UTC), EUTC programmes are led by Europeans, designed by Europeans and have a unique European focus in the face of rapid technological change. Its members span major utility operators (large and small), e.g. in France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

This debrief on 3GPP #86 (December 2019) is a valued contribution from Hans van der Veen, NEC Europe, 3GPP specialist and member of the 5G-IA Pre-Standardization WG. 

Its purpose is to help track progress of 5G standardisation with 3GPP as part of the activities of the 5G-IA Working Group. The debrief not only tracks overall progress but also pinpoints new study and work items (SIDs; WIDs) showing where 5G stakeholders from the cellular community, industry verticals and satellite specialists can make contributions. 


This report summarises updates from 3GPP Plenary #85 in Newport Beach (CA), U.S. from Hans van der Veen NEC Labs Europe and member of the 5G Infrastructure Association Pre-Standardization Working Group. 


Rel-15 is complete, with one outstanding issue in RAN, namely the handling of Synchronous NR-NR DC, which was a late addition to the "late drop" one year ago (September 2018). 


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.