3GPP is heading towards all-in on artificial intelligence (AI)

AI is transforming industries worldwide, and the telecom industry is no different.

Standardization is critical for industry alignment to achieve widespread adoption of AI in telecom. 3GPP Release 18 is the first release of 5G-Advanced, which includes a diverse set of study and work items dedicated to AI.

This article provides a holistic overview of the state of the art of the 3GPP work on AI in 5G-Advanced, by presenting the various 3GPP Release-18 activities on AI as an organic whole, explaining in detail the design aspects, and sharing various design rationales influencing standardization.

It’s anticipated that 3GPP will continue fostering AI adoption from 5G-Advanced to 6G, triggering a paradigm shift in wireless communications and networking.

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