First specification of 5G released, networks signal launches in 2019

The 3GPP has expedited its process to specify the 5G New Radio Non-Standalone standard and has released a draft some 6 months ahead of initial plans.

FierceWireless reports that rules for how spectrum should be handled from 600MHz to 50GHz is included in these rules with the specific inclusion of what’s believed to be one of the global standard bands, 3.5GHz. More work needs to be done, though, on the Standalone specification — dealing with unlicensed and channel modeling — through June.

Already, carriers around the globe are hailing the new standard and are announcing that their 5G networks are set to launch late next year at the earliest and through 2019 for the most part.

For its part, Sprint notes that it has the most spectrum under the 6GHz threshold with its bank on the 2.5GHz band. It hopes to commercialize its 5G network by late 2019.

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