3GPP approves first 5G specifications

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), telecommunications industry standards body, approved the first standard for non-standalone 5G New Radio six months earlier than expected. This specification will use existing 4G infrastructure and it will form a basis for deployment of commercial 5G products. Some carriers already announced 5G implementation plans. However, the 5G standard has not yet been fully developed. This release is a part of the first phase of the two-phase 5G standardisation process within 3GPP.