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5G Specifications Approved; But When Can We Expect It?

3GPP declares first 5G NR spec complete

Global telecom equipments manufacturers and service providers including AT&T, Ericsson, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Qualcomm Technologies, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, T-Mobile US, Verizon, and Vodafone have claimed that they have demonstrated a multi-vendor interoperability connection compliant with the Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) of global 3GPP standard as a step towards the standard-compliant trials an commercialization for industry collaborations aiming to accelerate 5G NR for commercial network by 2019.

MediaTek Inc (聯發科) on Thursday joined peers including Qualcomm Inc and the world's major telecom operators in announcing the completion of the first implementable 5G New Radio (NR) specification at the 3GPP RAN plenary meeting in Lisbon.

The members of the 3GPP now have to approve the specs for Standalone 5G, which will replace the current 4G LTE networks.

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.

New 5G technologies are making spectrum bands above 24GHz, known as mmWave, available for mobile broadband communications for the first time.

The next generation 5G networks are soon going to be a reality. The complete and precise information will be released after the finalised standards are published later. Qualcomm has already announced support for the new standard and has plans to immediately begin development of future 5G products.

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

The specifications reportedly cover support for low-, mid- and high-band spectrum, from below 1 GHz, like 600 and 700 MHz, all the way up to around 50 GHz, and include the 3.5 GHz band. "Huawei will keep working with global partners to bring 5G into the period of large-scale global commercial deployment from 2018".

"When that vote happens, that's really the green light for the ecosystem to start moving to a commercial deployment of 5G", Rob Topol, general manager of 5G Business and Technology for Intel globally, told ZDNet.