SMG Milestones

1991 (October)

ETSI TC GSM put in charge of UMTS specification activities in addition to the GSM work and renamed " TC SMG" (=Special Mobile Group).


ETSI Technical Committee SMG agrees objectives and methodology for an open evolution of GSM beyond phase 2, to be implemented as phase 2+.

1995 (October)

GSM Phase 2 standardisation frozen in ETSI Technical Committee SMG

1997 (February)

GSM release 96, the first release of phase 2+, completed by ETSI TC SMG (CAMEL, EFR, SIM toolkit)

1997 (End)

GSM release 97 completed by ETSI TC SMG (GPRS)

1998 (End)

GSM release 98 completed by ETSI TC SMG (AMR, EDGE, MNP)

1998 (December)

Creation of the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), transfer of the UMTS standardisation work to 3GPP

2000 (March)

GSM/UMTS release 99 (LCS, UMTS Fundamentals, UTRAN) completed by 3GPP, ETSI TC SMG and ANSI T1P1

2000 (June)

Transfer of the remaining GSM specification work to 3GPP, closing of ETSI TC SMG, creation of a new Technical Committee MSG (=Mobile Standards Group) responsible for European regulatory standards.

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