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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday February 26 2017, @03:51AM   Printer-friendly
from the the-good-thing-about-standards dept.

The ITU has announced draft technical requirements for 5G mobile technology:

The total download capacity for a single 5G cell must be at least 20Gbps, the International Telcommunication Union (ITU) has decided. In contrast, the peak data rate for current LTE cells is about 1Gbps. The incoming 5G standard must also support up to 1 million connected devices per square kilometre, and the standard will require carriers to have at least 100MHz of free spectrum, scaling up to 1GHz where feasible.

These requirements come from the ITU's draft report on the technical requirements for IMT-2020 (aka 5G) radio interfaces, which was published Thursday. The document is technically just a draft at this point, but that's underselling its significance: it will likely be approved and finalised in November this year, at which point work begins in earnest on building 5G tech.

[...] Under ideal circumstances, 5G networks should offer users a maximum latency of just 4ms, down from about 20ms on LTE cells. The 5G spec also calls for a latency of just 1ms for ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC).

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Previously: ITU Defines "5G" as up to 20 Gbps, 2018 Olympics Demo Planned
5G Gets a Shot in the Arm From the FCC
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Verizon will launch "5G" wireless service in three to five cities by the end of next year, starting with Sacramento, California:

Verizon is getting closer to releasing its first commercial 5G network, with the company announcing today that it plans on launching 5G in three to five cities by the end of next year. The rollout starts with Sacramento, California sometime in the second half of 2018.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 26 2017, @04:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 26 2017, @04:33PM (#471901)

    Here's hoping we get some real unlimited plans with this tech. I'm fine with rate limited like 10Mb/s max, unmetered, $50/mo. Or half the price and twice the speed, since I'm dreaming.

    • (Score: 2) by kazzie on Sunday February 26 2017, @07:50PM

      by kazzie (5309) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 26 2017, @07:50PM (#471976)

      I'm on a grandfathered 3G unlimited plan, paying peanuts for it. (I suppose that's rate limited by design.) I won't touch 4G as it stands (in the UK) as even the best SIM-only plans will be more expensive, and come with data caps applied.