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New influences on 5G standards

If 5G is to support infinite variety, it needs diversity in the standards process Just as 5G is charged with supporting a far wider variety of use cases and services than 4G, so its platforms need to be more diverse in their capabilities, and that means broadening the ecosystem right from the starting point in the standards work. Increasingly, developments that are taking place in adjacent sectors such as WiFi, cable or satellite will influence, or be directly incorporated into, official 5G platforms. Examples spotted just in the past week include initiatives in the 60 GHz unlicensed band, which have relevance to 5G millimeter wave; a new CableLabs technology which could help solve ultra-low latency challenges in wireless; and work…

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