The 3GPP has told the industry to get cracking on standardising the air interface for 5G.
The standards body wants the “5G New Radio” (NR) to be frozen by June 2018, which should help vendors have devices ready for the planned 2020 date for 5G standards to be ready to fly.
Behind the radio, there will be two architectures: one, called standalone, will be all-5G with a new control plane; the other, non-standalone, will graft the new air interfaces onto the LTE control plane.
The air interfaces will have to support both sub-6 GHz frequency, and the emerging bands above 6 GHz.
The standardisation effort will target “enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), and “ultra-reliable and low latency communications” (URLCC) applications. The latter, Vulture South believes, is a cumbersome way of describing the much-touted Internet of Things.
By September 2016, the 3GPP work plan stipulates that the requirements for the radio interfaces be completed. Layer 1 and Layer 2 specs would then be completed by December 2017, with an initial focus on licensed bands.
The 3GPP announcement stresses that both radio and protocol design be forward compatible, “as this will be key for phasing-in the necessary features, enabling all identified usecases, in subsequent releases of the 5G specification”. ®
(Score: 2) by Gravis on Sunday July 03 2016, @01:01AM
how about we just use a data communication protocol like TCP with snazzy extensions for battery saving purposes and then build everything else (e.g. voice communications) on top of it? seriously, all this shit is over-engineered.
(Score: 4, Informative) by Adamsjas on Sunday July 03 2016, @04:44AM
Um, that is what we are doing. Its all TCP.
But here we are talking about the radio, you know, the part that replaces the cat5 cable.
Its a whole different layer.
(Score: 2) by Wootery on Sunday July 03 2016, @10:20AM
seriously, all this shit is over-engineered.
You're suggesting reworking the whole networking stack, despite that it works fine, and you're complaining about over-engineering?
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 03 2016, @07:51PM
He has no idea what he is talking about.
This is the physical layer and datalink layers. Everything above that *is* IP.