Samsung has announced that Dr. Younsun Kim, a key executive and Master at Samsung Research, has been selected as Chair of 3GPP’s RAN (Radio Access Network) Working Group 1. The election took place during an online meeting that was held on May 11, 2021. Established in 1988, 3GPP is a consortium of various standards organizations that develop protocols for mobile telecommunications.
3GPP’s RAN WG1 is the largest working group within the project, with over 600 delegates. It is responsible for developing physical layer specifications of 3GPP’s radio access technology (RAT). The group oversees the development of communication technologies like IoT (Internet-of-Things) over cellular networks, MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output), OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing), and V2X (Vehicle-to-everything) for LTE and 5G networks.
The RAN WG1 group is currently working on several technical aspects of 5G technology to improve its coverage, power consumption, and speed. It is also developing technologies to enable 5G-based services over a satellite link and unlicensed spectrum. Dr. Younsun Kim has over 20 years of experience, and he has been the Vice-Chair of RAN WG1 since 2017.
This is not the first time a Samsung executive has been elected as the Chair of a 3GPP working group. Two months ago, Samsung Research’s principal engineer Choi Hyung-jin was elected as the Chair of 3GPP’s 6G Vision Group. The company currently holds five Chair and Vice-Chair positions in 3GPP, which is a prestigious achievement. Suresh Chitturi from Samsung R&D Institute India is the Chair of SA WG6 (Service and System Aspects Working Group 6).