– 5G standards: keeping it ‘in the family’ periodically invites expert third-party contributors to submit analysis on a key topic affecting the telco industry. In this article Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of telecoms consultancy Northstream, analyses the latest developments in the 5G standardization process.

The telecoms industry is buzzing with news and analysis on 5G – its capabilities, its impact on the industry and the roadmap that leads to commercial deployments.

The main 5G standardisation process is driven by the 3GPP, but as recently announced, there have been efforts to accelerate the schedule for trials and deployments of Non-Standalone 5G New Radio (NR). NR will use the existing LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) as the anchor for control and mobility management. Others are leading their own 5G efforts, with the likes of Verizon driving its 5G Technical Forum (V5GTF) initiative.

However, the timeline associated with these activities has conjured confusion for some in the industry. With timings for these efforts in mind, what’s with the rush? And do they create a potential division in the 5G standardisation process?

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