5G standards have been released, and it’s giving developers and ISPs a clearer understanding of what it is and how to build around these standards.
The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) recently released the first version of the 5G standard, finally providing hardware designers and telecommunication providers details to prepare for 5G capable devices.
Currently, if a company is boasting that it is offering 5G services, it is not really true—most likely, they are offering a faster version of 4G. Up until recently, the definition of what 5G would be didn’t exist.
Like all other technology, the 5G standard is an adjustment to the changing and growing technology landscape: the need for greater bandwidth and capacity, less latency, and reliability.
To be fair, the standard isn’t quite complete yet. The current version still requires the use of LTE networks for various features. The complete, standalone version is expected to be released in June 2018 and adoption of the standard isn’t expected to begin until 2019. This follows the current trend of a new G standard being released every 10 years.
Major Points in the 5G Standard
Areas for Growth
When 3GPP first began discussing what needs the 5G standard would have to meet, they identified four major areas based on 70 use cases:
Massive Internet of Things: A massive amount of devices are now connected to the Internet, transmitting data from sensors in smart homes, smart cities, smart utilities, and wearable devices.
Critical Communications: In some applications—especially industrial and health ones—the reliability, speed, and availability of network connections is important.
Enhanced Mobile Broadband: For the everyday consumer, more reliable network coverage, faster speeds, and higher data capacity is becoming increasingly important, especially with rich media consumption happening on mobile devices.
Network Operation: The new standard will need enhanced features on the network including security, optimization, and flexible functions.