Release 17 was scheduled to be completed in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has impeded the progress and has caused delays on key dates. The “freeze” or finalization date for Release 17 Stage 3 was set for September 2021, but a decision on a delayed date will be considered in December 2020, according to a September 21 post by 3GPP. That’s when they will decide if Release 17 will be delayed by 3, 6, or more months.
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