5G is one step closer as first specification confirmed

24 December, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Regina Lloyd
  • The excessive competition to take a leadership in 5G between SK Telecom and KT is giving rise to confusion only

3GPP, the working group that is developing the 5G standard for next-gen wireless communication, has ratified the first 5G specifications at a meeting in Portugal.

The specification refers to 5G NR, for "New Radio" - essentially 5G networking's equivalent to 4G "LTE".

5G wireless networks took one step closer toward reality this week as a collection of telecommunications associations officially approved the first hardware specification standards for the next-generation networks.

In particular, "5G demonstrations have been conducted based on the independent standard of each company", the official said. "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".

However, KT evaluated that the company was leading the way in 5G global standardization by building a communication network for a tentative 5G service at Incheon worldwide Airport and in Pangyo, Gwanghwamun, Gangnam Daero, Pyeongchang, Gangneung, Bokwang and Jinbu as official telecommunication service provider for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. Part of 3GPP Release 15, the first version of 5G will still require fallback to LTE networks for partial operation.

Deutsche Telekom CTO Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, said: "We view both the Non-Standalone and Standalone modes of New Radio as equally important for the completeness of the 5G standard specification".

"We have been contributing to the establishment of the standard of the 3GPP 5G structure by suggesting an NSA network structure in the Pyeongchang 5G SIG standard for the first time in the world", he added.

While the specs themselves won't be announced until next week, they're said to offer support for the full range of low (600MHz, 700MHz), mid-range (3.5GHz) and high-frequency, millimeter wave (50GHz) spectrum. Some brands like T-Mobile and Verizon have already started promising 5G networks which will probably start rolling out in 2018 and 2019. Following this announcement, the schedule acceleration was agreed at the 3GPP RAN Plenary Meeting in Dubrovnik, .


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