5G is one step closer as first specification confirmed

3GPP declares first 5G NR spec complete

As the final days of 2017 draw closer, we achieved a very significant milestone this week in the path to making 5G a commercial reality.

This is a huge step forward towards bringing 5G networks for commercial use, as the standard of 5G networks has now been approved, by all the companies involved in creating mobile standards. And that is something worth celebrating this holiday season! At the Workshop, over 500 companies, including Qualcomm, contributed 70+ presentations on visions for 5G requirements.

Ericsson CTO Erik Ekudden, added: "3GPP has done a tremendous job to complete the first 5G specifications according to industry demand and expectations". "We succeeded in demonstrating the 5G worldwide standard so we have become able to take the initiative in the commercialization of the technology by using this equipment in Euljiro and Bundang".

The ratification comes a trifle ahead of the long-term schedule, which only had 5G NR scheduled for completion next year. To address the ever-increasing global demand for mobile broadband that will drive a 30x growth in mobile data traffic from 2014 to 2020 (source: Nokia Bell Labs Consulting Report, 2016).

The next generation 5G networks are soon going to be a reality. But as previously mentioned, Qualcomm's been touting 5G as a solution to let us work on the go, and essentially never have to worry about being connected. But what do "Non-Standalone" and "Standalone" actually mean? The US-based carrier company has announced that their 2.5GHz spectrum band has passed the Non-standalone 5G New Radio specification. This is the configuration that will be the target of early 2019 deployments (in 3GPP terminology, this is NSA 5G NR deployment scenario Option 3).

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A Standalone (SA) variant is expected to be ready for June 2018 that will provide full networking capabilities for end-users and control plane abilities for 5G NR.

We also defined a framework to ensure commonality between these two variants.

"As one of the key players, Huawei has committed to develop a single global 5G standard".

A meeting of some of the biggest names in telecommunications and electronics has produced the first major 5G standard, paving the way for large-scale deployments of cellular technology.

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