Chapter 13 Conclusions and looking ahead

It is clear that the SAE work and the development of the EPC specifications is a major achievement carried out by 3GPP and its partners, involving the global mobile industry community. This is due to the fact that the SAE work has been targeting a significantly broader scope than previous 3GPP releases, extending the functionality of the 3GPP packet core architecture to also encompass interworking with access technologies standardized outside of 3GPP, as well as provide an evolved packet-only core for the next generation of mobile broadband access technology-LTE. This in turn created significant excitement and interest from a vast number of contributing companies, ranging from mobile telecom operators ...

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