Global standards body completes first official spec for 5G

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The first set of specifications for the next major generation of wireless technology was completed today, marking a major step towards commercial 5G.

The milestone took place in Lisbon, Portugal, at a RAN Plenary meeting of global wireless technology standards body 3GPP.

The specifications completed are for non-standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR), which piggybacks on the existing LTE network and allows for large-scale trials and deployments of 5G starting in 2019.

The specifications for standalone (SA) 5G — a full 5G network with no LTE anchor — are expected to be completed in June 2018 as part of 3GPP Release 15.

3GPP has yet to publish an in-depth announcement about the new spec, so stay tuned for a more technical dive into the details.

5G is expected to usher in a new era of always-connected technology, potentially facilitating the widespread adoption of things like mixed reality and autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles through multi-gigabit-per-second speeds and super low latency.

Source: Qualcomm, 3GPP