This week is an important one for 5G, since 3GPP is holding a plenary meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where a major decision was taken on the 5G New Radio (NR) workplan. The group agreed to have an intermediate milestone for the early completion of the Non-standalone (NSA) 5G NR mode for the enhanced Mobile BroadBand (eMBB) use-case. In Non-standalone mode the connection is anchored in LTE while 5G NR carriers are used to boost data-rates and reduce latency. The agreed 5G NR workplan for eMBB can be found in RP-170741.
Signals Research Group, who helps 5G-Courses in Towards 5G course – Research and Standardization course content creation is actively attending 3GPP RAN meetings. According to their recent report, “Many operators and vendors are interested in accelerating Option 3 because if vendors know the Layer 1 and Layer 2 implementation then they can turn the FGPA-based solutions that we saw at Mobile World Congress into silicon and start designing commercially-deployable solutions,” Thelander wrote. “Although operators will eventually deploy a brand new 5G core network, in the interim they will continue to use their existing LTE EPC. Therefore, by focusing on Option 3, which also has a couple of variants, they will meet their deployment schedules, which can’t wait for June 2018.”
The results of the 3GPP meeting was to name what is expected to become the “5G” standard under the 5G label, namely Release 15 and consequent release work are now labeled as 5G. However, it is worth to note that official “G” designations are handled by ITU, which is not expected to proclaim a true 5G standard until 3GPP makes its Release 16 submission to the ITU. More about Standardisation work and recent outcome you can found on Standardization Progress Towards 5G module, that is part of Towards 5G course – Research and Standardization course