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5G NR NSA is just a small step – 3GPP outlines some next steps

The first set of 5G New Radio (NR) standards – for Non-Standalone (NSA) systems – may be finalized, but that is just a drop in the ocean when it comes to the full 5G platform. Not only does 3GPP have to complete Release 15 in June with the Standalone version of NR, plus the 5G Core Network, but it is already engaged in initial work on study items for Release 16. That should be ratified next year, and will significantly enhance 5G capabilities, especially when it comes to new use cases enabled by ultra-low latency, massive density, device-to-device communications and unlicensed spectrum. Last week, a 3GPP plenary meeting was held in Chennai, India. Lorenzo Casaccia, VP of technical standards at…

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