3GPP completes first 5G standard

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Ericsson and Qualcomm, in collaboration with AT&T, NTT Docomo, Orange, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, T-Mobile US, Verizon and Vodafone, showcased 3GPP-compliant 5G NR multi-vendor interoperability during live demonstrations at the Ericsson Lab in Kista, Sweden and the Qualcomm Research lab in New Jersey, US. 3GPP that organizes cellular standards has officially signed the first standard specification of 5G i.e. 5G NR (New Radio) standard.

The members of the 3GPP now have to approve the specs for Standalone 5G, which will replace the current 4G LTE networks.

"The first version of 5G NR not only provides a NSA solution for 5G deployment but also completes the common part of NSA and SA, which lay a solid foundation for a global unified 5G system with global market scale", added China Mobile EVP Zhengmao Li.

"As part of this coordinated effort, Intel will continue to play a leading role across the network, cloud and client devices; and with our first commercial 5G modems, we will help the ecosystem lead the way to 5G deployments worldwide", said Asha Keddy, Intel VP and General Manager, Next Generation and Standards. The 5G NR standard which has already been formed, mainly led by Qualcomm, has finally been completed and approved. As of now the 5G NR standards is under the progress section after having a finalized logo. At the aforementioned Qualcomm event, the company talked about how 5G would change our lives, essentially removing the speed roadblock that prevent so many of us from getting things done while on-the-go.

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The agreement comes after the world's mobile industry leaders announced their support for the acceleration of the standardization of 5G NR earlier this year in Barcelona.

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.

If you wish to get down and dirty with all the technical talk of the new 5G specs, you can head to the 3GPP Source Link below.