The 5G Standard

3GPP Excellence Award


The 3GPP Excellence Award recognises an individuals’ contribution to a 3GPP Working Group during the year.

Nominations are submitted by the WG Chair – for consideration at the December TSG Plenary meetings. As soon as the 3GPP TSG leadership have deliberated and decided on a maximum of four awards for the year; the traditional clay totems are manufactured and sent to the Working Group Chair, for their presentation during the next WG meeting.

This page is a permanent tribute to the individuals who have received the Award.

The Award Roll of Honour

Year Recipient Working Group Chairs’ Citation

2021 Peter Gaal RAN1 - Radio layer 1

For your contribution to RAN1 LTE and NR specification design, encompassing multiple releases and work/study items - You have contributed to multiple areas ranging from control channel design, MIMO, carrier aggregation, coverage enhancement, UE features, maintenance and much more.

Why now?: What comes to mind when I think about the question is ‘why not yet?’ I think everyone will agree with me that it is quite overdue.

On behalf of RAN1, I thank you for your technical contributions on LTE and NR in 2021. For over a decade, your technical impact in RAN1 has been wide and meaningful. Your technical expertise, open attitude, and willingness to listen have contributed greatly to the success of our work. I can think of no one more deserving of this award.”

Younsun Kim, Chair of RAN Working Group 1

Award Format

The following format and procedure was created after a consultation with officials during TSG SA#54. “The 3GPP Excellence Award” will be presented at the next Working Group meeting, following the December TSG SA Plenary. Details of the Award will be added to a permanent Roll-of-honour above.

Awards Panel

The Awards Panel consists of the three TSG Chairs. The panel will consider the proposed candidates for an Award, in private and without the need for a Minuted discussion. They will make their decision by seeking consensus between them, under the chairship of the TSG SA Chair.

Award Procedure

To maintain the integrity of the process and to avoid personal disappointment, the 3GPP Excellence Award procedure should be a secret process. The following procedure should be carried out without the knowledge of the nominated person, or any other person not directly involved in the process.

  1. Individuals, not groups, must be nominated by a sitting Working Group Chair. A maximum of ONE candidate per calendar year may be nominated by each Working Group.
  2. Nominations must be received prior to (and not during) the TSG SA December plenary.
  3. The nomination must relate to current, active, work in 3GPP Working Groups.
  4. The Form “The 3GPP Excellence Award Nomination” must be completed and submitted to the 3GPP Marketing and Communications Officer – who is responsible for the Award process.
  5. The Awards panel will consider every nomination, at the December TSG SA Plenary meeting and will inform the appropriate Working Group Chair of their decision.
  6. The decision of the Award Panel is final.
  7. The Panel may only award a maximum of FOUR “3GPP Excellence Awards” per Calendar year.
  8. If the nomination is not accepted, it may be submitted again in the future – by the same process described in 1. above.
  9. Once the positive decision is made, the TSG Chairs will instruct the Marketing and Communications Officer to issue an award pack to the Secretary/Technical Officer. The pack is then given to the Working Group Chair to allow the Award to be distributed at the next Working Group meeting.