It is official. The next generation of mobile wireless standard is named 5G. 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has officially announced the news on the technology that succeeds 4G LTE and 4G LTE-Advanced. The company has also introduced a new 5G logo which will be used 3GPP 5G specifications from Release 15.
The tech giant has also made public that it will focus on Release 15 by the second half of 2017.
From the official words of 3GPP:
The idea is to keep a familiar design aspect with the use of plain black text and textured waves, but to make the logo stronger and sharper – ready for use on the new radio and next generation core specifications for 5G.
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The use of the 5G logo on 3GPP specification cover sheets is intended to help the industry to identify at which point in time 5G features will appear. It will be used on the relevant 5G Phase 1 specifications in Release 15 (Complete by late 2018) and then the 5G Phase 2, Release 16 specifications – for completion in 2020.
It will also be used for releases beyond, as it is probable that 5G will span a series of releases, as was the case with LTE, which started with Release 8 – continuing beyond Release 14.
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