5G Standards Developments in Release 15 and Beyond: An ATIS/3GPP Webinar


The webinar is now available for on-demand viewing.

You can also download a copy of the presentation slides.

3GPP delivered the first complete set of 3GPP standards for 5G in Release 15 and is further enhancing 5G in Release 16. Plans for Release 17 are also underway. This webinar recaps the Release 15 content, providing an up-to-date view of 3GPP’s work with a particular focus on how it is expanding 5G capabilities and enhancing the mobile system’s technical performance.

Presentations will cover:

  • The roadmap for future 3GPP releases
  • Main themes for planned and delivered features in 3GPP specifications
  • How enhancements to 5G are helping the 5G business proposition (e.g. through new service opportunities, or enhanced efficiency of 5G networks)
  • How learnings from Release 15 are influencing subsequent work in 3GPP

All content is suitable for people in technical roles and technical executives who want to understand the current state of 5G standardization.


Dr. Emad Farag
Senior 5G Physical Standards Engineer

Dr. Emad Farag is a senior 5G physical layer standards engineer at Nokia. He has been with Nokia for 20 years, working on the Physical Layer architecture, algorithms and software of wireless base station modems, and now is part of Nokia’s 3GPP TSG RAN WG1 team focusing on developing and introducing new physical layer concepts for the New Radio interface to the 3GPP standard. Dr Farag received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He is the recipient of the 2015 IEEE Region 1 Technical Innovation Award for innovations in Wireless Modem Architectures.

Stephen Hayes
North American Standards

Stephen Hayes is the Director of Standards for Ericsson in North America. His current focus includes the ATIS committees and 3GPP. He is also involved in several US advisory groups such as the FCC TAC (Technical Advisory Committee) and NSTAC (National Security Telecom Advisory Committee).

Stephen was chairman of the 3GPP systems group (3GPP-SA) from 2006- 2011. The 3GPP-SA group is responsible for all requirements, architectural, system and coordination issues for GSM, UMTS, LTE, and LTE Advanced systems and networks. Under his tenure 3GPP successfully developed Releases R7, R8, R9, and R10. Before that, Stephen was the chair of the Core Network group in 3GPP.

Stephen was instrumental in the development of IMS as chair of the core network group. He has been heavily involved in the collaboration efforts with other organizations such as IETF, 3GPP2, TMF, and the BBF.

Mr. Hayes has participated and held various leadership positions within the ATIS committees including WTSC (Wireless Technology and Systems Committee). He has written various articles for IEEE communications and holds numerous patents in the area of telecommunications. Mr. Hayes resides in Flower Mound, Texas.

Dr. Farrokh Khatibi
Director of Engineering

Dr. Farrokh Khatibi joined QUALCOMM in 1990 to help design the CDMA cellular system. In 1992 he initiated a research project which led to Qualcomm’s first IP-based infrastructure that was later acquired by Ericsson. He started attending 3GPP SA1 and SA2 in 1999. He has been attending the 3GPP PCG/OP meeting as part of the ATIS delegation for the past few years.

Dr. Khatibi is the Chair of WTSC RAN group and co-lead of the ATIS Open Source IoT group. He also actively participates in a number of ATIS TOPS and Strategic Initiatives such as 5G, Smart Cities, and UAV.


Iain Sharp
Principal Technologist

Iain has been an active contributor to the development of mobile standards since the early days of GSM. His work in standards includes serving for 4 years as the vice chair of 3GPP Core Networks and Terminals plenary. As well as work in standards Iain has contributed to the development of product and technology strategies for leading vendors. Since 2015 Iain has been a principle technologist at ATIS and has worked in diverse technical issues including IoT, network security, unmanned aerial vehicles and 5G.

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