Direct Mode Enhancements move forward in latest 3GPP standards
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) officials participated in the Sept. 16 – 20 Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) meetings in Newport Beach, California. Several features important to critical communications users advanced in the standards process.
More than 300 delegates representing vendors, operators and government agencies from around the globe participated in the Radio Access Network (RAN) plenary meeting. During this meeting, a new work item for Release 16 5G new radio (NR) vehicle to anything (V2X) was approved. This work will specify radio solutions that are necessary for NR to support advanced V2X services and will also support direct mode communications for public-safety use.