5G Specifications in 3GPP: North American Needs for the 5G Future

5G Specifications in 3GPP: North American Needs for the 5G Future

July 2020

The first full set of 5G specifications was completed in 3Q 2019 in the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 15. 3GPP then directed its attention to future releases to further define and enhance the newly established 5G system. The 5G system is intended to enable a complete mobile communications platform. As such, it will support all 4G capabilities except ones related to legacy technology interworking. In addition, 3GPP will continue to enhance 5G to support new markets, improved performance and additional management capabilities. This document reviews the technology and societal drivers to lay out a vision of the 5G technology and market landscape (post Release 16) and identifies areas that will need more in-depth study going forward.

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