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Broadband Forum submits converged network specs to 3GPP for Release 16

The 5G network will be as much made up of wireline technologies as wireless, not just for dense fiber backhaul and fronthaul, but as operators move towards converged access and core. These trends have brought the Broadband Forum (BBF) into increasingly close contact with the mobile standards bodies, and last week, the Forum submitted proposals for 5G fixed/mobile convergence to the 3GPP. These proposals were drawn up at the request of operators which take part in both standards bodies, the BBF said, after a “comprehensive cycle of iterative feedback between the two organizations”. “Two years ago, 10 of the world’s biggest operators came to us with their concerns that the 5G infrastructure which was being developed would not let them…

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