What Cities Are Testing 5G? First Hardware Specifications Approved

Alicia Cross
December 24, 2017

"Reaching this milestone enables the next phase of equipment availability and movement to interoperability testing and early 5G availability", said AT&T, one of T-Mobile's big rivals in introducing 5G to the United States market.

The specs cover the Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) standards. The decision by the 3GPP TSG RAN meeting to finalize the first implementable 5G NR specification means that the telecoms industry can now start preparing for the rollout of a standardized technology. A few moments later, Sprint published a Press release announcing how they are going to bring 5G to the world. The 5G NR lower layer specifications have been designed so that they can support Standalone and Non-Standalone 5G NR operation in a unified way: this will ensure that 3GPP benefits the global industry with a large-scale single 5G NR ecosystem. However, after 1,000s of meeting hours across the various 3GPP Technical Working Groups, we have delivered on the promise for an accelerated 5G NR schedule to support enhanced mobile broadband deployments starting 2019, as shown below in Figure 1. They are not only boasting that they have more influence in discussing worldwide standardization at the 3GPP, a mobile communication standardization group, but also saying that they implemented the world's first 5G (demonstrations and network construction).

AT&T now is awaiting permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct 5G tests on the 3.5 GHz frequency band in Washington, D.C., starting from February 2018.

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"We're excited to be a part of standards-based interoperability testing as this helps speed up development of 5G devices and hardware and helps pave the way to launch standards based 5G NR service as soon as the end of 2018,"Knight added".

However, KT evaluated that the company was leading the way in 5G global standardization by building a communication network for a tentative 5G service at Incheon worldwide Airport and in Pangyo, Gwanghwamun, Gangnam Daero, Pyeongchang, Gangneung, Bokwang and Jinbu as official telecommunication service provider for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. Some brands like T-Mobile and Verizon have already started promising 5G networks which will probably start rolling out in 2018 and 2019.

The race to 5G communication is on between cellular carriers.

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