5G, The “fifth generation” of Mobile Communication, Expected as Early as 2019

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3GPP or 3rd Generation Partnership Project, the organization that shifted the standard of mobile communication from GSM to 3G and 4G LTE, has set the specifications for 5G hardware equipment for cell towers and smartphones in a meeting at Lisbon, Portugal this week.

5G, called the “fifth generation”, is expected to bring lower network latency, better connectivity, and speeds of up to 10 Gbps—100 times the speed of 4G networks available today.

The completion of the standard is a milestone that will enable cost-effective, full-scale development of 5G NR.

“We are excited to be part of this significant milestone, and to once again be at the forefront making the 5G vision a reality in 2019,” Cristiano Amon, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies said. “We look forward to continue working with our mobile industry peers to bring 5G NR commercial networks and devices in 2019 in smartphone and other form factors … and to continue developing 5G technologies to connect new industries and enable new services and experiences in the years to come.”

President and Head of IT and Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics DJ Koh said that Samsung has been collaborating with the whole industry to achieve this milestone, “Samsung will continue making every effort to deliver complete Rel-15 NR standards,” adding that its further evolution will pave the way for the industry to meet the growing global demand for enhanced mobile broadband services.

Huawei 5G product line president Yang Chaobin added that the first phase of the 3GPP 5G NR standardization has been completed because of the successful cooperation of global organizations—governments, regulatory agencies, research organizations, academia, industries, and other sectors.

Large-scale trials and commercial deployment of 5G NR is expected as early as 2019, according to notable industry players like SK Telecom and Qualcomm Technologies.

“5G will advance new possibilities for the role of wireless technology in society, leading to dynamic innovation in mobile broadband and in industrial automation for industry 4.0, enabling the creation of exciting new applications that connect and control our physical and digital worlds,” Marcus Weldon, Nokia Bell Labs president, added.