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5G’s Release 16: The Essentials

This article originally appeared on EETimes. The 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Program) organization — which has been overseeing the specifications and standards for cellular technologies from the early days — last month nailed down the latest iteration for 5G, dubbed Release 16. Why is it Important? The update includes some key enhancements that will offer consumers improved data rates and better coverage, higher reliability,...

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3GPP finalizes Rel. 16 5G New Radio specifications

Ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could delay work on Rel. 17 The first version of the 5G New Radio specifications focused on delivering enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) which operators around the world have run with, building out non-standalone networks using a variety of spectrum types, including millimeter wave frequencies. The next phase of 5G, as spelled out in Rel. 16, was finalized on July 3 during a remote meeting of standards-setting...

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3GPP Rel. 16–Stage set for the next phase of 5G, but who is leading?

After a week-long marathon session of online meetings, 3GPP finalized Release 16 (Rel. 16) paving the way for the next phase of 5G. Kudos to the grit of the leadership team, who, while fighting the COVID-19 disruptions, and defying the skeptics, delivered the specification on time. Rel. 16 brings new concepts to 5G, and further improves and optimizes many of the features introduced in Rel.15. Being a 3GPP member, I got a front seat to...