3GPP, The 3rd Generation Partnership Project, announced before Christmas the technical specifications for 5G. Their website says: Several industry companies have been looking forward to the launch of the specification and have made a statement that the “completion of the first 5G NR (New Radio) standard has set the stage for the global mobile industry to start full-scale development of 5G NR for large-scale trials and commercial deployments as early as in 2019.”

The mobile providers behind the statement

China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, LG Electronics, LG Uplus, MediaTek Inc., NEC Corporation, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile Communications Inc., Sprint, TIM, Telefonica, Telia Company, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Vodafone and ZTE.

Competition to be the first provider of 5G

There is harsh competition be the first provider with 5G. US mobile operators AT&T and Verizon compete to be first off with 5G services in the US. AT&T has announced that they expect to be the first to launch mobile 5G services on a dozen markets by the end of 2018. Verizon has announced that they will launch their first commercial 5G services in Sacramento, California, in the second part of 2018, with networking solutions provided by Samsung.

5G already tested in Norway

In Norway, Telenor says in a press release that “2017 was the year when we started our way towards the 5G community.” They indicate that in March 2017, when 5G was tested for the first time in Norway. Kongsberg is the city they have promised to be the first testing 5G. When 5G is established other areas will be ready for testing, like self-driving busses, drones, emergency communications, and eHealth.

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