ATIS - North American Organizational Partner: 3GPP

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) unites six telecommunications standards bodies, known as “Organizational Partners” and provides their members with a stable environment to produce the highly successful Reports and Specifications that define 3GPP technologies.

These technologies are constantly evolving through - what have become known as - Generations of commercial cellular / mobile systems. 3GPP was originally the standards partnership evolving GSM systems towards the 3rd Generation. However, since the completion of the first LTE and the Evolved Packet Core specifications, 3GPP has become the focal point for mobile systems beyond 3G. From 3GPP Release 10 onwards - 3GPP is compliant with the latest ITU-R requirements for IMT-Advanced ’Systems beyond 3G’. The standard now allows for operation at peak speeds of 100 Mbit/s for high mobility and 1 Gbit/s for low mobility communication.


ATIS is the North American founding organizational partner of 3GPP. Current partners are ARIB, ATIS, CCSA, ETSI, TSDSI, TTA and TTC.

--ATIS 3GPP Individual Members-
  • Acorn Technologies
  • Applied Communication Sciences
  • AT&T
  • C Spire Wireless
  • Cavium
  • Cisco Systems
  • Cohere Technologies
  • DISH Network
  • Ericsson Incorporated
  • FCC
  • Harris Corporation
  • Intel
  • Kodiak Networks
  • NextNav
  • Nokia
  • Office of Emergency Communications
  • PCTest Engineering Laboratory
  • Polaris Wireless
  • Samsung Research America
  • Skyworks Solutions
  • SouthernLINC Wireless
  • Sprint Corporation
  • Straight Path Communications Inc.
  • T-Mobile USA Inc.
  • TechMahindra Ltd.
  • TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
  • TruePosition
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

The original scope of 3GPP was to produce globally applicable Technical Specifications and Technical Reports for a 3rd Generation Mobile System based on evolved GSM core networks and the radio access technologies that they support (i.e., Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (UTRA) both Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) modes).

The scope was subsequently amended to include the maintenance and development of the Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) Technical Specifications and Technical Reports including evolved radio access technologies (e.g. General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE).

Membership in ATIS is a prerequisite for becoming an ATIS 3GPP Individual Member (IM) -- which would allow you to participate in all of the 3GPP meetings, receive and contribute documents into the meetings, take part in the decision-making process, and hold leadership positions.Member companies must be affiliated with one of the 3GPP Organizational Partners (OPs), such as ATIS, to be eligible to become a 3GPP Individual Member.


ATIS develops contributions for 3GPP through an open, consensus-based process. Any ATIS 3GPP IM may fully participate in this process.  As necessary and appropriate, ATIS will convene meetings (in person, via telephone, and/or electronically) of its 3GPP IMs to discuss issues of interest to ATIS and/or the IMs.  Decisions shall be made via the consensus of the ATIS 3GPP IMs with due consideration given to ensuring that the positions taken by ATIS in 3GPP are not inconsistent with positions taken by the ATIS Board or technical committees.

Please contact Steve Barclay to determine 2015 participation fees and membership fees for ATIS. Review further information related to ATIS membership.

Guest Status
Guest status was introduced for non-member companies which have the qualifications of being a member through one of the OPs but are not currently a member and therefore are unable to attend 3GPP Meetings. The status of Guest may be granted for a limited period, by the Organizational Partners to an entity which has the qualifications to become a future Individual Member. The limited period shall be decided by the Organizational Partners on a case-by-case basis.

A Guest may have representatives at TSG and subtending group meetings. Representatives may receive documents but shall not take part in decision making, participate in discussions, contribute documents, or hold any leadership positions.

Please be sure to review the most current version of the 3GPP Working Procedures.

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