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.
T-Mobile Says It Will Start Using 600 MHz Spectrum This Year
Apr 13, 2017
"T-Mobile now has the largest swath of unused low-band spectrum in the country," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the company's 600 MHz auction winnings. 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.
T-Mobile Targets Rural Areas for 600 MHz Service, Starting with Cheyenne
Aug 16, 2017
T-Mobile today said it has activated its first 600 MHz cell site in Cheyenne, Wyo. T-Mobile is using Nokia equipment to provide LTE coverage across Cheyenne in the 600 MHz band.
3GPP Approves Spec for Standalone 5G New Radio
Jun 14, 2018
The 3GPP today ratified another piece of the 5G specification, termed the Standalone 5G New Radio, or SA 5G NR. This spec is for 5G networks that are developed on their own, apart from legacy or pre-existing networks.
T-Mobile to Deploy 5G On 600 MHz Spectrum Starting in 2019
May 2, 2017
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.