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Industry group approves completion of certain 5G specifications

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project, or 3GPP, an industry body that governs cellular standards, approved the completion of the stand-alone Release 15 5G specifications.

"The completion of SA specifications, which complements the NSA specifications, not only gives 5G [new radio] the ability of independent deployment, but also brings a brand new end-to-end network architecture, making 5G a facilitator and an accelerator during the intelligent information and communications technology improvement process of enterprise customers and vertical industries," 3GPP TSG said in a June 13 statement. "New business models will be enabled and a new era where everything is interconnected will be opened up for both mobile operators and industrial partners."

The meeting in La Jolla, Calif., included representatives of various companies, including China Mobile Ltd., AT&T Inc., British Telecom, China Telecom Corp. Ltd., Deutsche Telekom AG, DISH Network Corp., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., KDDI Corp., Lenovo Group Ltd, Nokia Corp., Qualcomm Technologies Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., SoftBank Group Corp., Verizon Communications Inc., Vodafone Group PLC, Xiaomi Corp. and ZTE Corp.

In December 2017, 3GPP approved the first-ever 5G specification.