Researchers from Samsung have been elected as Vice-Chairs of the 3GPP

Two Samsung researchers were elected as vice-chairs of two Working Groups at the respective 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) meetings in August, according to the company (August 16 to August 28). Following the election, the company now has seven representatives in the 3GPP.

The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a group of standards organizations that developed the commercialized 5G telecommunications standards, plans to develop 5G-Advanced (Rel-18*) from 2022 to improve 5G performance, including increased telecommunications coverage, and to expand new 5G services, such as Extended Reality (XR) media and integration with satellite communications.

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Jaeyeon Song, Principal Engineer at Samsung Research (the company’s advanced R&D hub that leads the development of future technologies for its Consumer Electronics and IT & Mobile Communications divisions), and Narendranath Durga Tangudu, Staff Engineer at Samsung R&D Institute India-Bangalore, were elected as vice-chairs of 3GPP SA WG4 (Service and System Aspects Working Group 4) and 3GPP SA WG5 (Service and System Aspects Working Group

SA4 is a Working Group within the 3GPP that develops technologies for 5G-based video streaming and immersive media delivery, such as XR. Dr. Jaeyeon Song was elected vice-chair in recognition of her work with MPEG (which develops video codec and media systems standards) and ATSC (which develops digital broadcasting standards), both of which are closely related to 3GPP SA4.

The 3GPP CT3 Working Group focuses on open interface standards that allow third parties, such as Internet service providers, to access 5G networks (ISPs). Narendranath Durga Tangudu’s achievements in edge computing standards, which enable low latency transmission when 5G networks are connected to ISPs, were recognized by the Working Group.

“In order to enable 5G-based differentiated services, mobile communication systems must evolve in such a way that they can support new media like XR and interact closely with external services,” said Sunghyun Choi, SVP and Head of Samsung Research’s Advanced Communications Research Center. “We will continue to strengthen our efforts in developing next-generation mobile communications technologies, as well as technologies that will broaden the horizon of the 5G ecosystem, in addition to reinforcing our leadership within 3GPP this year.”

Samsung had previously secured the chair position in the RAN1 Working Group in May this year, in addition to vice-chair appointments in the SA4 and CT3 Working Groups. Samsung is poised to lead technological advancements that will improve 5G performance as well as those that will help expand the 5G ecosystem. Samsung plans to lead 5G-Advanced (i.e., next-generation 5G) standardization, while also preparing to lead future 6G standards, based on its leadership in the 3GPP.

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