3GPP's July Update: What's New?
While consumers are eagerly waiting for 5G to be deployed, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is already working behind the scenes to frame the 5G environment for enterprise vertical use cases.
With 3GPP Release 15 not yet fully frozen (the full specification of the late drop is projected to be finished by Q3 2019), the standardization committee recently gave an insight on the agenda for releases 16, 17, and beyond (the freeze of release 16 is planned to be June 2020), providing an interesting, yet somewhat inconclusive update regarding where 3GPP wants to move in terms of 5G. At the core of Release 16 is the full specification of enterprise vertical use cases, with support for Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) being a major component. At the same time, vertical industry-specific associations, like the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) and the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), are cooperating with 3GPP to define full network slicing requirements and capabilities, which has proven to be a more complex task than previously…
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