The first 5G spec is officially complete

The organisation which governs cellular standards, the 3GPP, has officially signed off the first 5G specification.

Here on Telecoms we’ve covered many pre-5G trials, but it now won’t be long before we can start reporting on the real deal.

Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President at Qualcomm Technologies, said:

“We are excited to be part of this significant milestone, and to once again be at the forefront making the 5G vision a reality in 2019.

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 mmWave frequency bands, and to continue developing 5G technologies to connect new industries and enable new services and user experiences in the years to come."

The announcement was made following a meeting of industry leaders in Lisbon. Now these companies, and others, can ensure they are developing and rolling out solutions which meet the specification.

Here’s a list of the companies who jointly announced this exciting milestone:

  • 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, Inc

  • Samsung Electronics

  • SK Telecom

  • Sony Mobile Communications Inc

  • Sprint

  • TIM

  • Telefonica

  • Telia Company

  • T-Mobile USA

  • Verizon

  • Vodafone

  • ZTE

Back in February, industry leaders jointly announced their support of accelerating the standardisation of 5G NR. This announcement today is a result of their efforts.

This standard completion is an essential milestone towards enabling the cost-effective and full-scale development of 5G NR, which will greatly enhance the capabilities of 3GPP systems.

Erik Ekudden, CTO at Ericsson, comments:

“GPP has done a tremendous job to complete the first 5G specifications according to industry demand and expectations. 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.

Our research team has worked on 5G since 2010 including early 5G testbed efforts created together with these industry partners. The open contribution-driven specification work and the rapid completion of the first 5G standards for global deployment demonstrates the strength of the 5G eco-system."

3GPP plans to continue to develop Release 15, including the addition of support for standalone 5G NR operation. 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, to ensure that 3GPP benefits the global industry with a large-scale single 5G NR ecosystem.

Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO Deutsche Telekom, says:

“We view both the Non-Standalone and Standalone modes of New Radio as equally important for the completeness of the 5G standard specification. This timely finalization of NSA is one important step on that journey and in the development of the 5G ecosystem.

It is crucial that the industry now redoubles its focus on the Standalone mode to achieve progress towards a full 5G system, so we can bring key 5G innovations such as network slicing to our customers."

We look forward to reporting on further developments in 2018 and beyond!

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