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3GPP is an abbreviation for Third Generation Partnership Project

"Official definition"

3GPP is technical standardisation body to develop so called 3RD Generation Mobile Services and it's members are ARIB, CWTS, ETSI, T1, TTA and TTC

"What it means to the layperson"

  • Files that are suffixed .3gp contain a new video format accessible using the H.263-codec.
  • MMS or Multi Media Message (available for GSM, GPRS and 3G-networks depending on your provider) uses this format for video delievery and there are also indicators that this standard is gaining stronghold in Japan too.
  • It can be played back or recorded (at low quality due to the lack of processing power) on some mobile phones or on your computer with the following softaware: