3GPP Completes the First Official 5G Specification

16 January 2018
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The recent 3GPP TSG RAN Plenary Meeting in Lisbon announced the completion of the first 5G NR(New Radio) specification that sets the stage for the global mobile industry to start full-scale development of 5G NR for large-scale trials and commercial deployments as early as in 2019.

The 5G NR specification is the first part of the global 5G standard. 

Earlier this year the industry agreed to a plan to accelerate up the 5G standardisation schedule and it was agreed to split up the specification of Release 15 into two phases, Non-standalone 5G NR and Standalone 5G NR operation later date in 2018.

The completed specs will encompass support for low-frequency (600MHz, 700MHz), mid-range (3.5GHz) and high-frequency (50GHz) spectrum, reported Engadget.

This standard completion is an essential milestone to enable cost-effective and full-scale development of 5G NR, which will greatly enhance the capabilities of 3GPP systems, as well as facilitate the creation of vertical market opportunities. 

AT&T is expected to be the first U.S. company to introduce mobile 5G service in a dozen markets by late 2018. AT&T said its 5G services will be based on industry standards for 5G which the company is one of the key member. 

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