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posted by janrinok on Saturday July 02 2016, @11:27PM   Printer-friendly
from the get-on-with-it dept.

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”. ®

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 03 2016, @04:19AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 03 2016, @04:19AM (#369069)

    Why are we chasing yet another handset obsoleting technology when carriers are just barely getting LTE to most of the towers.

    They're pretty much ubiquitous in Australia. Even in high-density CBD areas during peak hours I can pull an easy 40Mbit. 120Mbit most of the rest of the time. Just steer clear of Optus and their MVNOs.

    I'm pretty sure Europe and Asia are in similar situations. Get a move on.

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  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Sunday July 03 2016, @07:26PM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Sunday July 03 2016, @07:26PM (#369300) Journal

    pretty much ubiquitous in Australia.

    And a look at the deployment map in the link I posted above will show why. Most of Australia is using category 11 standard, and most of the US is using category 4.

    From the chart (scroll up from the map):
    Category 12 600 Mbps download 100 Mbps upload
    Category 10 450 Mbps download 100 Mbps upload
    Category 4 150 Mbps download 50 Mbps upload

    (Australia is the only country that uses Category 11. You have to guess its exact speed specs because the article doesn't even have it in the tables. Its probably between 10 and 12, perhaps with slower upload speed).

    No, you are mistaken. I've always had this sig.