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3GPP Approve Initial 5G Specifications

After a long wait, we finally have the first specifications for 5G New Radio.

The technical details have been covered in working group meetings throughout 2017 with many operators and vendors pushing for completion by the end of the year. With some operators talking of launching commercial networks within the next two years, many in the industry well be glad this did not carry over into the new year.

The completed specs will encompass support for low-frequency (600MHz, 700MHz), mid-range (3.5GHz) and high-frequency (50GHz) spectrum. The full details will be published later in the week.

Reaction from the Industry

"This is a key milestone in bringing 5G to market, and one in which Nokia is proud to have played a significant role. 5G will advance new possibilities for the role of wireless technology in society... enabling the creation of exciting new applications that connect and control our physical and digital worlds." Marcus Weldon, President of Nokia Bell Labs, Chief Technology Officer, Nokia.

"Today marks a momentous milestone for the wireless industry: the finalization of the 3GPP Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) Standard. The formalization of the NSA standard anchors the coming Standalone (SA) version and represents a remarkable step forward for the industry." Asha Keddy, VP Client and Internet of Things Businesses and Systems Architecture, and general manager, Next Generation and Standards, at Intel Corporation.

"We’re proud to see the completion of this set of standards. Reaching this milestone enables the next phase of equipment availability and movement to interoperability testing and early 5G availability. It showcases the dedication and leadership of the industry participants in 3GPP to follow through on accelerating standards to allow for faster technology deployments.” Hank Kafka, VP Access Architecture and Analytics, AT&T. 

“Orange welcomes this inaugural first release of a worldwide standard for 5G. With subsequent 3GPP releases expected from mid 2018 that will accelerate application and IoT development, Orange sees a myriad of opportunities to deliver a differentiated and high quality network, and is therefore fully committed to working with the industry to roll out 5G.” Arnaud Vamparys, SVP Radio Networks, Orange.

“Telefónica greatly appreciates the efforts made by the industry for completing this major milestone towards 5G. Telefónica acknowledges the full potential of 5G, and encourages the industry to keep developing ambitious ideas in order to deliver outstanding connectivity and bring the best possible experience to our customers. Telefónica is fully committed to working with the industry in this direction.” Enrique Blanco, Global Systems and Networks Director, Telefónica.

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