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Tentative 3GPP timeline for 5G

March 17, 2015

By Dino Flore, Chairman of 3GPP RAN and Balazs Bertenyi, Chairman of 3GPP SA

Last week, 3GPP endorsed a tentative timeline for the standardization of next generation cellular technology, also known as “5G” [1]. The tentative timeline is shown in the picture below. This article briefly summarizes some of the key milestones and how the work is expected to proceed in 3GPP working groups.

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