3GPP membership rises to 700

Since the creation of 3GPP in 1998 the number of participating member companies has steadily grown, from the original 350 companies involved in GSM evolution, to a new high of 700 companies - from around the globe - working on 5G specifications.

The expansion of mobile networks beyond the needs of smartphones, to become the platform for many exciting new use cases for 5G, has led to a doubling of the number of new companies (2016 - 2019) joining 3GPP – Compared to the previous ten year period, as 4G was specified.

Since the start of 2020, 13 new companies have joined, from a variety of sectors - including; network & cyber security, satellites, AI specialists, civil defence and some traditional mobile equipment manufacturers.

Further information about the membership of 3GPP is online at https://www.3gpp.org/about-3gpp/membership

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Contact for this article: Kevin FLYNN, Marketing and Communications Officer, 3GPP

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