back to article And that is definitively that ... for now. 5G's carrier features frozen

Meta-standards group the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) last week rubber-stamped the first "frozen" 5G standards. A plenary in the USA saw around 600 delegates approve 5G Release 15, which gives operators the first phase of standardisation for the mobile standard. The 3GPP working groups involved in completing …

  1. Victor Ludorum

    The wonderful world of TLAs

    '...which complements the NSA [non-standalone] specifications...'

    I'm not sure that NSA means what they think it means.

    1. Steve the Cynic Silver badge

      Re: The wonderful world of TLAs

      It does, and it does not.

      Just like SDLC does, and does not, mean Synchronous Data Link Control.

  2. Sir Loin Of Beef

    IoT is the god-damned stupidest thing I have ever heard.

  3. katrinab Silver badge

    “The completion of SA [standalone] specifications which complements the NSA [non-standalone] specifications, not only gives 5G NR the ability of independent deployment, but also brings a new network architecture, making 5G a facilitator and an accelerator during the intelligent information and communications technology improvement process of enterprise customers and vertical industries.”

    But will it be any faster? Will I get a better signal?

    Others might have questions about why there are no clouds, or machine learning, or blockchains.

    1. DougS Silver badge

      It won't be any faster on a bits per Hz basis than LTE, and there are only minor improvements in signal. The main benefit of 5G is greatly reduced latency as compared with LTE.

      5G is being treated as a big deal talking about 'fast fast fast' not because it is any real advance on that front, but because a LOT of spectrum is being opened up for it, especially in the 28-39 GHz range.

      Just as LTE has not really advanced in speed much once it hit 150 Mbps, with subsequent increases all down to how many MHz a single client can grab, 5G will be able to gray MANY more MHz at once from those wide open Ka band regions and thus go even faster than LTE.

      1. leexgx

        Yep it only be faster if your in range of multiple cells

        5g will be more beneficial in dense areas where lots of people are at like train stations, sport stadiums, and large events as they will setup micro cells inside the station ( realistically at the moment only EE can do it on 4g) , but with 5g that should open up more to other providers but we are talking like 3-4 years time line here as no has a phone that supports the higher 5g bands and due to 2 year contracts and likely 5g support only on high end phones (samsung seems to be getting it first next year phone)

        In London some networks just don't work at peak time because to many people in one location (even worse when train is late as every one jumps on there phones) 5g should resolve this as more people start to get 5G supported phones

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