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5G specs not as final as they seemed – are 3GPP processes still fit for purpose?

The number of features that have needed to be standardized for 5G, and the number of submissions for each one, have been greater in 5G than 4G, by 10 times or more, say the companies involved in the 3GPP process. The intensity of the development was illustrated this week when the 3GPP released a set of change requests for its already ‘finalized’ 5G New Radio standards. These changes show how complex this new network is, and how there will never be a ‘final’ set of specs to address all the requirements. But they also lend weight to criticisms of the 3GPP’s decision, last year, to fast track a subset of standards to get 5G to market more quickly – an…

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