Sunday, June 17, 2018

THE 5G STANDARD IS FINALLY FINISHED WITH STANDALONE SPECIFICATION


It’s been a long time coming, but there’s finally a finished 5G standard. It’s another major step toward next-generation cellular networks finally becoming a reality. Having a formal agreed upon standard of what 5G networks will actually look like is a huge step forward for getting real, commercial 5G networks up and running, as it gives companies a hard specification for what they need to be building.


WHAT IS 5G?

5th-Generation Wireless Systems (abbreviated 5G) is the marketing term for technologies that satisfy ITU IMT-2020 requirements and 3GPP Release 15. Key features of 5G include high throughput, low latency, high mobility and high connection density.
Now that the standard has been agreed upon, the ball is firmly in the court of carriers and hardware companies to deliver, something that may still take a while to happen. For example, the International Telecommunication Union (the ITU) and the 3GPP officially defined a “4G” network as providing a 100 Mbps data rate when moving and a 1 Gpbs (or one gigabit) while stationary, something that our so-called 4G and LTE networks certainly don’t provide today. (The LTE Advanced and Advanced Pro standards will hopefully finally deliver on those speeds.)

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