3GPP Backs First 5G Standards

The 3GPP ratified the world's first official 5G spec at a meeting in Lisbon Portugal

The parties to the agreement were AT&T, BT, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, LG Electronics, LG Uplus, MediaTek Inc, NEC Corporation, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Qualcomm Technologies, Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom, Sony, Sprint, TIM, Telefonica, Telia Company, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Vodafone, and ZTE. It means that the final design of the first tranche of 5G, Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR), is now available to networks and manufacturers, who can start designing radios and silicon to bring networks online. The upcoming networks will be far better than current 4G LTE networks and will offer a reasonable cost to the wireless carrier.

The full Release 15 specification to be completed around the June 2018 time-frame will enable standalone 5G NR with user and control plane using the 5G next-generation core network (5G NGC).

5G network connectivity which was in development since so long has now come up with its first finalized feature which has recently been signed by 3GPP, an organization that governs cellular standards. "As a prime contributor to 5G standardization, Ericsson has worked with industry partners in the evolution of mobile technology to a global network platform for consumers and enterprises". It's the first 5G specification to be ratified. Qualcomm has already announced support for the new standard and has plans to immediately begin development of future 5G products.

The results of the live demonstrations held in both the Ericsson Lab in Kista, Sweden and the Qualcomm Research lab in New Jersey, has been marked as an important technology milestone based on the newly-approved NSA 5G NR standard because they show the companies' combined strength of carrying out timely trials which would pave way for the commercial launch of 5G standard-compliant infrastructure and devices.

We wonder which smartphone maker will be the first to make a 5G-enabled smartphone.

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.

If you wish to get down and dirty with all the technical talk of the new 5G specs, you can head to the 3GPP Source Link below.

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