The 3GPP Has Set Down The First 5G New Radio Standard
3GPP, the standards group that decides how our cellular networks operate, has announced it has completed the Release 15 NSA 5G NR (New Radio). This follows collaboration between many different carriers and other telecommunication companies around the world. Earlier in 2017 the 3GPP agreed to split up the 5G Release 15 specification in two stages: Release 15 NSA, for Non-Standalone, will be released first followed by the Release 15 Full at some point in 2018. Now the 3GPP have announced the Non-Standalone Release 15, which means manufacturers and designers can set about establishing the framework for the devices we’ll be using on the first 5G networks.
Release 15 NSA centres around using enhanced Mobile BroadBand (eMBB) technology, which features a foundation of LTE connectivity with 5G NR carriers used to accelerate data transmission rates at a reduced latency. In other words, 5G networks are going to be faster and more responsive: we would be disappointed if they were not! The Release 15 Full is expected in or by June, but by then we’re expecting manufacturers to have already set down their initial product designs.
Interestingly enough, there’s a snippet of good news for Sprint, America’s smallest national carrier. 3GPP have included the 2.5 GHz frequency point in the specification document, and Sprint already owns a significant amount of spectrum at this point. Sprint, therefore, is rubbing its hands with glee and has already promised to deploy 5G networks in 2019.