The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is the de facto industry association for defining cellular standards. It represents the collective effort of thousands of companies working together to define cellular generations and related specifications, operating on a consensus basis approach to ratify all specifications.

The operation of 3GPP is governed by several types of contributions by different companies, which ultimately feed into various Technical Specifications (TSs), encapsulated in various standard releases and standard generations. In the mobile industry, standardization is critical for promoting innovation across the entire supply chain. It is vital for ensuring large-scale infrastructure deployment, compatibility, and interoperability between networks and devices, and for establishing systems
that work between countries and continents.

Cellular networks and, most importantly, recent generations are important economic, technical, and social elements that accelerate multiple adjacent areas across consumer and enterprise markets. 5G, in particular, is positioned to accelerate enterprise digital transformation with new types of use cases, applications, and terminals creating significant value. This innovation is already taking place with sensor-type communications in Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC) will introduce
deterministic and reliable wireless communication across multiple verticals.

The terminal aspect of 5G is a vital innovation domain, where technical developments allow these new types of services to materialize. This is one of the key reasons ABI Research has selected contributions relevant to terminals in this study.

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