3GPP approves first 5G standards

Javier Stokes
December 24, 2017

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. The decision by the 3GPP TSG RAN meeting to finalize the first implementable 5G NR specification means that the telecoms industry can now start preparing for the rollout of a standardized technology.

AT&T's VP of Access Architecture and Analytics, Hank Kafka, said: "We're proud to see the completion of this set of standards". The upcoming networks will be far better than current 4G LTE networks and will offer a reasonable cost to the wireless carrier. Sprint will become the largest 5G provider in the U.S. thanks, said the press release. After these discussions and filing of the specification of the 5G network, it will be a turning point for the running of 5G as a commercial or personal network of next generation.

Qualcomm and Ericsson - in collaboration with AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, T-Mobile US, Verizon, and Vodafone - also this week successfully showcased 5G NR multi-vendor interoperability of both sub-6 GHz and mmWave end-to-end 5G NR systems, during live demonstrations held in both the Ericsson Lab in Kista, Sweden and the Qualcomm Research lab in New Jersey, USA.

To be clear, this isn't the end of work on 5G. The complete and precise information will be released after the finalised standards are published later.

Ericsson also just inked a separate agreement to upgrade Deutsche Telekom's network to 5G.

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This ahead-of-schedule accord is important to hastening the arrival of 5G speeds.

"We have been contributing to the establishment of the standard of the 3GPP 5G structure by suggesting an NSA network structure in the Pyeongchang 5G SIG standard for the first time in the world", he added.

The details of 5G network specifications suggest that it will go to cover a broad range of the spectrum, ranging from 600 and 700 MHz bands to the millimeter wave portion of the spectrum at 50 GHz.

5G specs are scheduled to be approved in June 2018.

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