3GPP-IETF Standardization Collaboration
RFC 3113

Document Type RFC - Informational (June 2001; No errata)
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Authors Raj Sanmugam , Scott Bradner  , Karl Rosenbrock  , John Klensin 
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Network Working Group                                      K. Rosenbrock
Request for Comments: 3113                                3GPP PCG Chair
Category: Informational                                      R. Sanmugam
                                                              S. Bradner
                                                      Harvard University
                                                              J. Klensin
                                                               June 2001

                3GPP-IETF Standardization Collaboration

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2001).  All Rights Reserved.


   This document describes the standardization collaboration between
   3GPP and IETF.

1. Conventions used in this document

   This document uses significant terminology that is specialized to
   IETF, 3GPP, or their areas of work.  See Appendix A for definitions
   of acronyms.  The organizational definitions can be found in their
   respective web-sites.

2. Introduction

   This document contains a set of principles and guidelines that serves
   as the basis for establishing the collaboration between 3GPP and
   IETF, with the objective of securing timely development of technical
   specification that facilitate maximum interoperability with existing
   (fixed and mobile) Internet systems, devices, and protocols.

   Each organization will operate according to their own rules and
   procedures including rules governing IPR policy, specification
   elaboration, approval and maintenance.

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3. Reasons For Collaboration

3.1 3GPP use of IETF Internet Standards

   In the further development of 3GPP specifications, the benefit of
   adopting Internet specifications has been identified.

   The preferred 3GPP approach is to use the Internet standards
   unchanged, if feasible.  In any case, 3GPP has no intention to
   duplicate work performed in IETF.

   However, while this document recognizes the importance of 3GPP
   interoperability with the existing Internet and hence the use of IETF
   standards, 3GPP recognizes that additions or modifications might be
   needed in order to make the IETF internet specification fulfill the
   needs of 3GPP.  In such cases, 3GPP will take its concerns directly
   to the appropriate IETF working groups for resolution, or to an
   appropriate Area Director if no appropriate working group can be

3.2 IETF access to 3GPP Wireless expertise

   The technical work in 3GPP is organized in Technical Specification
   Groups TSGs each with their area of responsibilities.  TSG-RAN and
   TSG-GERAN are responsible for the Radio Access networks based on
   UTRAN and GERAN and thus the experts in the areas of the
   characteristics of the physical transport.  TSG CN is responsible for
   the Mobility Management and other core network protocol and
   functionalities.  TSG-T is responsible for Terminal aspects and
   applications.  TSG-SA is responsible for the service and system
   aspects including the overall architecture, security and O&M aspects.
   Contacts for the TSGs can be found on the 3GPP web-site

4. Document Sharing

   Both 3GPP and IETF encourage the sharing of draft documents that are
   of mutual interest.

   3GPP documents are available on its official web-site
   (http://www.3gpp.org/) and is open to anyone.  IETF documents,
   including preliminary working documents ("Internet Drafts") are
   available on its web-site (http://www.ietf.org/) and various shadow

   IETF representatives can obtain information about the 3GPP document
   and web-site structures by contacting the relevant 3GPP contact
   points indicated at the 3GPP web-site http://www.3gpp.org/.

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   3GPP representatives can obtain information about the IETF document
   and web-site structures by contacting the relevant IETF contact
   points (the Area Directors indicated at the IETF web-site

5. Communication

   Whenever possible, informal communication at working level is

   The vast majority of the technical discussions and decision making in
   both IETF and 3GPP is done over mailing lists.  Both 3GPP and IETF
   web sites contain information concerning the associated mailing

   It is recommended that interested individuals subscribe to and
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