3GPP plenary meeting has approved the completion of the Standalone (SA) Release 15 5G specifications after the release of the 5G NR specifications in December 2017.
As per 3GPP, the whole industry is taking the final sprint towards 5G commercialisation. The completion of SA specifications which complements NSA specifications, not only gives 5G NR the ability of independent deployment, but also brings a brand new end-to-end network architecture, making 5G a facilitator and an accelerator during the intelligent ICT improvement process of enterprise customers and vertical industries.
The industry is working towards new business models which will be enabled and a new era where everything is interconnected will be opened up for both mobile operators and industrial partners.
More than 600 delegates from the world’s major telecom operators, network, terminals and chipset vendors, internet companies and other vertical industry companies have witnessed this historic moment for 5G.
Balazs Bertenyi, Chairman, 3GPP TSG RAN said, “The freeze of Standalone 5G NR radio specifications represents a major milestone in the quest of the wireless industry towards realizing the holistic 5G vision. 5G NR Standalone systems not only dramatically increase the mobile broadband speeds and capacity, but also open the door for new industries beyond telecommunications that are looking to revolutionize their ecosystem through 5G.”
Erik Guttman, Chairman, 3GPP TSG SA said, “The 5G system specification has now reached its official stage of completion, thanks to the intense efforts of hundreds of engineers over the past three years. The 5G System opens the way for commercialization of services based on the New Radio and 5G Core Network and their advanced extensible capabilities. The new system provides the foundation for ongoing specialization for support of new business sectors, for unlike 4G and past generations, 5G supports the very specific requirements and individual service characteristics of diverse communications.”
Georg Mayer, Chairman, 3GPP TSG CT said, “Two years ago, 5G was seen as a vision or even just a hype – with the closing of Release 15 3GPP has made 5G a reality within a very short time. The outcome is an amazing set of standards that will not only provide higher data rates and bandwidth to end customers but which is open and flexible enough to satisfy the communication needs of different industries — 5G will be the integration platform for heterogeneous businesses. All this could only be achieved thanks to the willingness of the stakeholders to work together on a common goal and due to the effectiveness of 3GPPs structure and processes. Release 15 only marks the first step of the 5G story and 3GPP will further develop it into the future, aligning it to the needs of customers and industries.”