With 3GPP Release 17 Finally Completed, What Does This Mean for 5G Positioning?

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By Mark Qi | 2Q 2022 | IN-6516


Release 17 Promises Important Advances for Positioning


After months of delays, the stage 3 functional freeze for The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 17, the final release before 5G advanced, has been completed. One of the standout enhancements within the new specification is the enhancement to 5G precise positioning where crucial advancements in capability, in terms of accuracy, latency, and hybrid positioning support place 5G competitively within the location ecosystem, particularly for industrial use cases. The advancement marks what ABI Research sees as the beginning of the wider adoption of 5G positioning, bolstered by improvements in future releases and increased hardware production.

Expect Competitive 5G Systems in the Coming Years


Precise positioning using 5G New Radio (NR) was initially introduced in Release 16 and finalized in mid-2020. The initial specification supports positioning with an accuracy of 3 Meters (m) to 5 m, allowing communications providers to support positioning by leveraging their existing cellular infrastructure t…

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