What Cities Are Testing 5G? First Hardware Specifications Approved

Javier Howell
December 24, 2017

Another milestone has been achieved in the mobile space by Sprint.

The ratification means the final design of the first tranche of 5G, Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR), would be now available to networks and manufacturers. Today, at a plenary meeting of 3GPP's TSG RAN specifications group held in Lisbon, several players from the world mobile industry agreed upon the first implementable 5G NR (New Radio) specification; the agreement means that companies can now begin deploying 5G networks for large-scale trials and commercial deployments as early as 2019.

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

The introduction of an intermediate standard on the way to 5G was decided in March this year, as a way to accelerate the roll-out of the next mobile network generation.

"This milestone builds on years of researching and developing 5G technology as well as on leading and contributing to the standardization work", said Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson.

"Verizon is delighted that the 3GPP is moving quickly to release a global standard for mobile 5G", said Ed Chan, the company's Chief Technology Architect and Network Planning.

"We're excited to be a part of standards-based interoperability testing as this helps speed up development of 5G devices and hardware and helps pave the way to launch standards based 5G NR service as soon as the end of 2018,"Knight added. This timely finalization of NSA is one important step on that journey and in the development of the 5G ecosystem". Having said that, the 5G will encompass a wide range of spectrum, from as low as 600 and 700MHz bands to the millimeter wave portion of the spectrum at 50GHz. Now that the 3GPP has approved the specifications, equipment makers can deliver products to carriers, carriers can start building out their plans in a more robust way, and 5G will officially start its trek to getting to consumers.

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