3GPP declares first 5G NR spec complete

Marcus Newton
December 24, 2017

The carrier will prioritize mobile 5G first, and they are working with Qualcomm and Softbank to deploy 5G on a worldwide scale.

"Verizon is delighted that the 3GPP is moving quickly to release a global standard for mobile 5G", said Ed Chan, the company's Chief Technology Architect and Network Planning. Some experts say that excessive competition between SK Telecom and KT is giving rise to confusion only.

"Reaching this milestone enables the next phase of equipment availability and movement to interoperability testing and early 5G availability", said AT&T, one of T-Mobile's big rivals in introducing 5G to the U.S. market.

For now, we will continue to follow the developments of major carriers and hardware manufacturers to see how 5G is taking shape in practice.

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A number of cities across the United States have been pegged by telecom companies to be the test sites for 5G networks. A single standard is more cost effective and means vertical market opportunities.

Ericsson CTO Erik Ekudden, added: "3GPP has done a tremendous job to complete the first 5G specifications according to industry demand and expectations".

3GPP also announced the approval of the Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) specification. This timely finalisation of NSA is one important step on that journey and in the development of the 5G ecosystem. Following this announcement, the schedule acceleration was agreed at the 3GPP RAN Plenary Meeting in Dubrovnik, . The NSA standard will become the basis for commercial 5G products. But some experts are critical of them. 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.

"Autonomous vehicles, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) have been mentioned as killer services of 5G but it is quite a real challenge to predict what 5G services will be well received by consumers and what business models 5G will create", an industry observer said.

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