Final Standardization Process of 5G Specification Approved by 3GPP


People in the world of business uses 5G system / Photo by Getty Images


The 3rd Generation Partnership Project has approved the completion of the standalone deployment of the 5G specification. The approval will enable the acceleration of 5G to facilitate new business models, current enterprises, and customers who depend on well-built communications.

In December 2017, 3GPP approved the non-standalone deployment of 5G technology. NSA deployment pertains to the implementation of 5G connectivity using existing 4G LTE radio and backend technologies that are combined with new radios of the 5G network to provide a faster connection. The new technologies support higher frequency bands of up to 6 GHz within the 2 to 8 GHz of 4G, and are capable of opening new avenues to support a very high frequency band of 24 GHz and beyond.

With the latest approval of SA 5G deployment, network providers and related companies will be able to reconfigure their data and network infrastructure based on the 5G network. This will result in the optimized virtual networks running in a unified infrastructure so that services under 5G can be better adjusted to support users. For instance, the SA 5G can emphasis on the low latency in certain services such as autonomous tech and 4K video streaming.

“The agreed completion of the stage 3 freeze milestone for the 5G standalone system has great significance. The 5G System specification has now reached its official stage of completion, thanks to the intense efforts of hundreds of engineers over the past three years,” said Erik Guttman, chairman of 3GPP TSG Service and System Aspects.

Since the number of connected devices can rise dramatically in a year, the 5G network needs to be prepared to sustain a wider range of bandwidth and latency requirements, which has been enabled by the approval. While NSA and SA 5G specifications have differences, tech companies can make NSA specifications compatible with SA 5G networks.