Setting 5G standards

Learn how 5G standards are set. Verizon has an explanation of the 3GPP 5G standards and how they impact the overall future of 5G technology.

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Verizon has been at the forefront of developing 5G standards. In 2015, Verizon created the 5G Technology Forum (5GTF) to spearhead the development of the 5G ecosystem, bringing together partners like Ericsson, Intel, Samsung and Qualcomm. The 5G Technology Forum  accelerated the release of the 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standard in December of 2017. Read on to learn how the 5G standards continue to develop and what they mean for the future of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network.

Who sets the 5G standards?

Today, Verizon continues to participate actively in the 5G standards-setting process through the 5G Future Forum. The 5G Future Forum consists of organizational leaders around the world who collaboratively create 5G standards and interoperability specifications, accelerating the deployment of 5G and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC). Partners include companies like Vodafone, KT Corp and others. This means that Verizon is also helping set standards for the security of 5G, including procedures for 5G NR and the specifications for Multi-access Edge Computing. Verizon has been on the ground floor of 5G development, and our real-world experience with deploying new technology has been helpful for informing the 5G standard-setting process.

What are the 5G standards?

Although Verizon began rolling out 5G in 2019, the technology continues to evolve. Improvements in 5G speed, latency, bandwidth, and reliability are among them. The eight  currencies that reflect 5G target attributes remain key to Verizon's approach to deploying a 5G network built right.

The 5G Future Forum released its first technical specifications for 5G and MEC in 2020. These specifications enable the global information exchange for 5G and MEC deployment, helping to deliver services to consumers in an efficient and innovative way.

The technical specifications include two sets of definitions:

  • MEC Experience Management. This set of specs defines the intent-based APIs for different methods of delivery
  • MEC Deployment. This set of specs defines the requirements needed for service providers to deploy MEC via physical frameworks like facilities, security and more

Verizon continues to help develop 5G standards and specifications with the rest of the 5G Future Forum.

Stay up to date on Verizon’s latest releases, and find out more about Verizon 5G. See how our 5G Labs are developing innovative 5G applications.

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