The telecom industry has finally agreed on the real meaning of 5G, with the up to now vague next-generation wireless standard getting some solid specifications and criteria at today’s 3GPP’s TSG RAN specifications group held in Lisbon.
The specification, called 5G NR (New Radio), were agreed upon by industry heavyweights such as AT&T, BT, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, LG Electronics, LG Uplus, MediaTek Inc, NEC Corporation, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Qualcomm Technologies, Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom, Sony, Sprint, TIM, Telefonica, Telia Company, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Vodafone, and ZTE.
With a solid standard to work on carriers can now start deploying 5G networks widely, with commercial deployment expected in early 2019. The standard is designed to scale for the next 15 years.
In a statement Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO at Deutsche Telekom, said:
“We view both the Non-Standalone and Standalone modes of new Radio as equally important for the completeness of the 5G standard specification. This timely finalisation of NSA is one important step on that journey and in the development of the 5G ecosystem. It is crucial that the industry now redoubles its focus on the Standalone mode to achieve progress towards a full 5G system, we can bring key 5G innovations such as network slicing to our customers.”
The technology’s main feature is speed of 100 MB/sec in urban areas, but it is the low latency of less than 5ms of the connections which are expected to allow new applications such as direct remote control of devices or world-scale shared mixed reality applications. A new class of ultra-low power connections will also support sensors and other IoT devices.
- Ultra fast mobile internet
- High performance, HD multimedia download and streaming
- Internet of Things applications
- Healthcare and wearable applications
- Mission critical applications
- Autonomous driving and position mapping
- Industrial automation and real time monitoring
- Smart sensor technology for agriculture and farming
- Inventory management, warehouse and shipping
- Smart city and security applications
The technology is very likely to find a home in Microsoft’s Always-Connected PCs, with WWAN connections faster than WIFI.