3GPP declares first 5G NR spec complete

3GPP declares first 5G NR spec complete

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. The ratification took place at a RAN plenary meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, with the first reports surfacing on Twitter. The 5G NR lower layer specifications have been designed so that they can support Standalone and Non-Standalone 5G NR operation in a unified way: this will ensure that 3GPP benefits the global industry with a large-scale single 5G NR ecosystem.

"We look forward to continue working with our mobile industry peers to bring 5G NR commercial networks and devices in 2019 in smartphone and other form factors, for both sub-6GHz and millimeter wave [mmWave] frequency bands", Qualcomm Technologies executive vice president Cristiano Amon said.

Mobile networks are so keen to get 5G speeds into the hands of customers, they've agreed on the first standard a full six months early.


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

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. SA 5G NR technical specifications are expected to be completed in June 2018 as part of 3GPP Release 15. The complete and precise information will be released after the finalised standards are published later.

For those of us that have been involved from the beginning - performing early R&D, developing prototypes, and delivering fundamental contributions to 3GPP - we understand that this milestone is no baby-step on our journey to making 5G a reality. The carrier promises 5G deployment in 2019.

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