Sprint could launch the 5G service by late


"We have been contributing to the establishment of the standard of the 3GPP 5G structure by suggesting an NSA network structure in the Pyeongchang 5G SIG standard for the first time in the world", he added.

This means that 5G standards have been set so that network and radio engineers can all work on a single platform for all 5G devices. And that is something worth celebrating this holiday season!

It sure didn't take long for the next big move to be taken, and that's with the spec's overlord, 3GPP, having approved the final specs. At the Workshop, over 500 companies, including Qualcomm, contributed 70+ presentations on visions for 5G requirements.

However, KT evaluated that the company was leading the way in 5G global standardization by building a communication network for a tentative 5G service at Incheon worldwide Airport and in Pangyo, Gwanghwamun, Gangnam Daero, Pyeongchang, Gangneung, Bokwang and Jinbu as official telecommunication service provider for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

Sprint hopes to deploy wide-scale 5G in late 2019 and touted the largest block of under-6 GHz spectrum in the USA, while T-Mobile is aiming to roll out 5G across the country in 2020.

The ratification is a little ahead of the long-term schedule, which only had 5G NR scheduled to be finished next year. After these discussions and filing of the specification of the 5G network, it will be a turning point for the running of 5G as a commercial or personal network of next generation. With the first standards ready now, the industry expects to start 5G commercial services from 2019.

Qualcomm, meanwhile, also announced Thursday that lab demonstrations in New Jersey and Sweden showcased 5G NR multi-vendor interoperability that complied with 3GPP standards. This is the configuration that will be the target of early 2019 deployments (in 3GPP terminology, this is NSA 5G NR deployment scenario Option 3).

We also defined a framework to ensure commonality between these two variants. Both the NSA and SA versions share physical radio air interface aspects.

This standard is necessary for full-scale development of 5G NR, which will enhance the capabilities of 3GPP systems, as well as facilitate the creation of vertical market opportunities.

The new specifications include flexible waveform numerologies, channel coding schemes, slot-based frame structure and support for Massive MIMO and mmWave spectrum.

Still, this is a major step forward. Moreover, we have a rich history of building consensus in the industry towards impactful new directions for cellular technology, as well as the proven expertise in driving end-to-end designs through a complex 3GPP standardization process.



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