3GPP Ratifies Initial Specification for 5G
The 3GPP today ratified the first 5G specification, officially termed Non-Standalone 5G New Radio, or NSA 5G NR. The ratification took place at the 3GPP's RAN#78 meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, and capped off months of conferences to push the spec through before year's end. Balazs Bertenyi, RAN Chair, called it, "An impressive achievement in a remarkably short time, with credit due particularly to the Working Groups." Qualcomm led much of the effort, though network operators and other technology companies from around the world all played a role. The NSA 5G NR spec is the underlying framework that will be put to use by commercial 5G products, or things such as cell towers and base stations. The specification includes support for low-band spectrum (600 MHz), mid-band spectrum (3.5 GHz), and high-band spectrum (50 GHz). The 3GPP is still working on the Standalone (SA) 5G NR spec, which won't be completed until mid 2018. The NSA 5G NR and the SA 5G NR standards will together include the technology used by commercial entities, the air interface, and end users. The 3GPP said the actual, technical specifications for today's ratified NSA 5G NR will be published in the days ahead.
Sprint to Launch 5G In 2019 Using 2.5 GHz Spectrum
Sprint today voiced its support of the recently ratified NSA 5G NR specification and revealed its own plans for deploying 5G. The specification for NSA 5G NR includes support for up to 100 MHz on a single carrier (in the 2.5 GHz band) versus today's limit of 20 MHz per carrier.
T-Mobile to Deploy 5G On 600 MHz Spectrum Starting in 2019
T-Mobile today said it plans to use some of its recently acquired 600 MHz spectrum to support a future 5G network. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC earlier this year.
Intel Says It Has a 5G Modem
Intel today announced next-generation modem for mobile devices, aptly named the Intel 5G Modem. Intel says the idea behind the 5G Modem is to help push the development of 5G ahead.
AIRWAVES Act Would Have FCC Auction Off 5G Spectrum
A new bipartisan act proposed by Congressman Leonard Lance of New Jersey and Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania aims to ensure the licensed and unlicensed spectrum needed for 5G is available. The Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum, or AIRWAVES Act, explicitly suggests the government free up high-band spectrum via auction in order to lay the groundwork for 5G.
Sprint Targeting 2019 Launch for 5G On Its 2.5 GHz Spectrum
Sprint today said it is working with Qualcomm and SoftBank to develop 5G technologies, including the 3GPP New Radio (NR) standard, for Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum (Band 41). Sprint's 2.5 GHz airwaves offer a massive footprint around the country, making it ideal for providing coverage.