We all know very well that the next evolution in telecommunications will be the 5G, which promises minimum speeds of 100 Mb/s download and will be ready for devices on the internet of things. However, now according to the latest reports, the first real 5G standard is finally finished with the new standalone specification.
WoW! A Complete 5G Standard Is Finally Here
The next evolution in telecommunications will be the 5G, which promises minimum speeds of 100 Mb/s download and will be ready for devices on the internet of things. We will have compatible smartphones and laptops as early as 2019.
All this requires the mobile phone industry – carriers, manufacturers and governments – to accept the same standard. After 34 months of work, this finally happened: the specification for Standalone 5G NR is defined.
3GPP, the standards-setting organization for mobile operators, describes this as “the final race for 5G commercialization,” which will begin in the US this year and in other countries next year.
At the end of last year, 3GPP set the standard Non-Standalone 5G NR (New Radio), which covers a wide range of spectrum and will be built in part using existing 4G networks.
This time, we have the “standalone” version of 5G, which can be implemented where there is no LTE infrastructure. It was set after a meeting with 1,500 experts in Busan, South Korea.
Now, these two halves of the specification have been completed, the industry will have a well-defined target to fabricate network equipment, modems, and antennas that run on 5G.
In India, this technology should take a while to arrive (so it was with 4G). But many telco companies have already begun to study the frequency of 3.5 GHz for the 5G, and some operators plan to shut down their 3G networks in the next few years to re-use the frequency bands.