Release 17: What Is in It for Enterprise Verticals?
The year 2020 will be a decisive year for enterprise adoption of 5G: while the deployment of cellular 4G/LTE connectivity on factory floors, in warehouses, in ports, and on the roads is becoming more and more popular, the adoption of 5G within the enterprise verticals domain is contingent on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) freezing Release 16 in March 2020. By standardizing massive Machine-Type Communication (mMTC) and Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) capabilities, this is regarded as the most important 5G related release for enterprises, so far. Since most enterprises look into new communication technology investment in 2020 or 2021, however, all of them have their contingency plans in place, should 3GPP fail to deliver on time.
While the industry therefore awaits Release 16, 3GPP is already working on what is coming next: preliminary discussions regarding the content of Release 17 began in December 2019. Most important work items include the standardization of NR-Light, which is designed for use cases in devices like sec…
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