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Qualcomm to chair 3GPP 5G standardization working group

Aug 22, 2017

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Congratulations to Wanshi Chen, principal engineer and manager at Qualcomm Technologies, who was elected by his peers as Chair of 3GPP RAN Working Group 1 this week in a 3GPP meeting (RAN1#90) held in Prague, Czech Republic.

3GPP RAN1 is responsible for the specification of the physical layer of the radio Interface (radio layer 1) for 5G NR — the global 5G standard for a unified, more capable air interface, as well as continued advancements in 4G LTE (LTE Advanced Pro). This working group looks at the most fundamental design aspects of the air interface, and the advancements it develops are pushing the boundaries of connectivity and will play an essential role in achieving our vision of 5G. These advanced technologies include OFDM-based waveforms, advanced channel coding, MIMO antenna techniques, multiple access technologies, new device-to-device communications techniques, new narrowband IoT technologies, V2X communications, relays, broadcast, and much more.

Wanshi Chen brings more than sixteen years of rich industry experiences in telecommunications in leading global telecom companies including operators, infrastructure vendors, and chipset vendors. Since joining Qualcomm in 2006, Wanshi has been heavily engaged in the design of LTE and actively contributed to its development. Wanshi has played a key role in the specification of LTE standardization through active participation and leadership in 3GPP RAN1. He has had continuous attendance in 3GPP RAN1 meetings for more than nine years, dating back to 3GPP Release-8 which introduced 4G LTE. And over the last four years, Wanshi has successfully served as 3GPP RAN1 Vice Chairman, managing a wide range of RAN1 sessions on 5G NR and LTE Advanced Pro. Wanshi received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

When he is not contributing to the next generation of wireless technology, Wanshi’s relentless pursuit for excellence extends to his hobbies — he is an avid runner and successfully completed the Boston Marathon in 2017.

On the announcement of the election results, Wanshi Chen said, “It is a great honor for me to be elected by my 3GPP peers and I look forward to leading the technical work in 3GPP RAN1 as we continue progress on specifications for 5G NR and advancements to LTE. This is a very exciting time in 3GPP as we evolve and expand the mobile ecosystem to connect new industries, new services, and new user experiences. I look forward to continuing to manage and lead 3GPP RAN1 through solid technical discussions and decision making, in a fair, effective, and efficient manner.”

Evolution and expansion of mobile ecosystem on path to 5G.

Wanshi’s new position continues a long history of leadership in wireless technical standards at Qualcomm, beginning with CDMA more than 25 years ago, and our ongoing commitment to the success of 3GPP and its diverse ecosystem. I’ve been personally leading the 3GPP technical standards team at Qualcomm Technologies for the last few years, and have been involved with our 3GPP design teams for over a decade. I’m very proud to be a part of these extraordinary efforts to drive the mobile industry forward. This leadership was exemplified by Qualcomm Europe’s Dino Flore, who recently completed his successful Chairmanship of the 3GPP TSG RAN (August 2013 through March 2017) — leading the evolution and expansion of the mobile ecosystem with LTE advancements on the path to 5G. And I’m very confident the same will hold true for Wanshi as he leads the critical 3GPP TSG RAN1 toward the release of the first 5G NR technical specifications as part of 3GPP Release-15, as well as the continued evolution/expansion of 5G NR in Release-16 and beyond.

Congrats, Wanshi Chen, on your election to 3GPP TSG RAN1 Chair!

To learn more about 3GPP, how 4G and 5G standards get created, and the essential role Qualcomm plays in driving 3GPP standards, I encourage you to also read my recent series of blog posts beginning with “Demystifying 3GPP – An insider’s perspective to how 4G and 5G standards get created.”