The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is a collaboration between groups of telecommunications associations, to make a globally applicable third-generation (3G) mobile phone system specification within the scope of the International Mobile Telecommunications-2000 project of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). 3GPP specifications are based on evolved Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) specifications. 3GPP standardization encompasses Radio, Core Network and Service architecture.
The groups are the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, Association of Radio Industries and Businesses/Telecommunication Technology Committee (ARIB/TTC) (Japan), China Communications Standards Association, Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (North America) and Telecommunications Technology Association (South Korea). The project was established in December 1998.
3GPP should not be confused with 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2), which specifies standards for another 3G technology based on IS-95 (CDMA), commonly known as CDMA2000.
Market saturation continues in most communications markets, putting pressure on margins. Rapid growth of the “digital economy” continues to drive investment to meet service and resulting bandwidth demands. The major drivers for managers are innovating new sources of revenue, reducing operating costs, and improving customer loyalty through improved experience.
TM Forum standards and services provide the critical market tools to help service providers of all types provide innovative services on streamlined, agile, and lower cost service creation & delivery platforms.
The Tele Management Forum (www.tmforum.org) introduced the concept of an Integrated Business Architecture to epitomize the end-to-end view of the OSS/BSS ecosystem of a Service Provider’s network.
The Integrated Business Architecture is a convergence of the four major frameworks of the TM Forum standards.