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Intel Editorial: The Dash to 5G Commercialization Begins


The Pace of Innovation Accelerates with the Finalization of the
Standalone 5G New Radio Global Standard

The following is an opinion editorial provided by Asha Keddy of Intel

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Asha Keddy is vice president in the Technology, Systems Architecture & Client Group and general mana ...

Asha Keddy is vice president in the Technology, Systems Architecture & Client Group and general manager of Next Generation and Standards at Intel Corporation. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Just six short months ago, I remarked that the finalization of the
Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) represented "One
Small Step for 5G, One Giant Step for Wireless
" — noting that, with
the announcement of the common standard, the real innovation was just
beginning. Today, I'm excited to say that the industry has not just
taken more steps to advance the future of 5G, but has gone from a walk
to a jog to a run, and is now in a full-blown sprint to
commercialization, as the 3GPP Release 15, Standalone (SA) 5G NR
standard is finalized.

Intel has been uniquely positioned at the forefront of these
conversations — providing essential technological inputs and leveraging
global partnerships to push testing and implementation of
standards-based technologies. We're also working with operators and
manufacturers worldwide, to drive a wholesale transformation of the
network infrastructure required to deliver 5G experiences to a flexible,
agile and virtualized architecture powered by Intel computing

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5G will enable a fully-mobile and connected society — unleashing human
and technological possibility, and fueling business and financial
opportunity. It will erode the boundaries between the physical and the
digital to deliver personalized experiences and valuable services that
will test the limits of our collective imaginations. 5G will take the
industry beyond communications, bringing together wireless, computing
and the cloud to create a unified technological foundation and a
scalable global marketplace. At the heart of that transformation sits
standards-based technologies.

Because of the magnitude of work required to implement 5G, it was
essential to deliver a version of the standard that would allow the
industry to prototype, build and test 5G silicon and infrastructure,
informing both the specifications of the final standard and future
development cycles. With an anchor in 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution),
non-standalone 5G NR provided the industry with guardrails for the
development of 5G technologies, creating a bridge to the past with a
deployment model that comprehends extensive infrastructure investments
in 4G. And with the standalone 5G NR specification complete, 5G
deployments can now be built without the need for co-located 4G
infrastructure including greenfield areas with minimal to no existing
cellular infrastructure.

partnered with other industry leaders
to speed the mid-point release
of NSA 5G NR, and contributed to the finalization of the SA 5G NR
standard with proprietary research, reference designs and insights from
trials conducted with partners using the Intel® 5G Mobile
Trial Platform. Our mobile trial platform provides a critical resource
for mobile operators, manufacturers and other industry leaders to
develop, test and deploy services and solutions that meet the latency,
reliability and performance requirements of 5G. Working closely with
telecom equipment manufacturers including Ericsson and Nokia, Intel and
our partners have given the world a taste of the experiences that 5G
networks will provide.

The Intel trial platform played a pivotal role in recent trials in
China, which anticipates SA 5G NR deployments in the second half of
2019. Working with Huawei in Shanghai earlier this year and using our
mobile trial platform, we were able to perform the world's
first fully compliant test showcasing 5G interoperability
development testing (IODT) based on the 5G NSA NR specification. This
followed another trial last year with Ericsson and China's Ministry of
Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) to complete the first
early 5G 3.5GHz multi-vendor end-to-end interoperability test
Beijing. These trials provide an entry point to understanding the
requirements and potential of multiple 5G use cases.

We're also in the midst of a collaboration
with Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA
to develop a 5G smartphone
platform for the China market. Targeted to coincide with 5G network
deployments in 2019, Spreadtrum's first Android-based high-end 5G
smartphone solution will utilize the Intel® XMM™ 8060 5G modem and
Spreadtrum's application processor.

Of course, we've been innovating in the U.S. as well, exploring what can
be achieved with mmWave spectrum for extreme capacity and throughput.
We've partnered with Fox Sports to "unplug the wires" at the U.S. Open
Golf Tournament on DirecTV, using two 4K HDR cameras positioned at the
seventh hole of the event. As a par 3, this is the trickiest hole on the
course by far, so the action here will be pretty exciting. The Intel
trial platform will provide 5G network connectivity at gigabit speeds,
utilizing Ericsson's infrastructure and AT&T's mmWave technologies and
network. And last week at Computex, we announced that Sprint will join
us as a partner to sell Intel processor-based 5G-connected PCs in retail
stores next year.

This is just a sampling of the dozens of collaborations with our
partners worldwide, and we're just getting started. But 5G is more than
a new air interface, and Intel's work in helping operators build out
next-gen 5G requires a reimagined core, edge and access network. From
connected cars and immersive media experiences to drones, AI-enhanced
agriculture and smart cities, we are only beginning to scratch the
surface of what we can accomplish with 5G. The opportunities for
incumbents to evolve, developing new lines of business and revenue, and
for new market entrants to innovate, launching new products and
services, are nearly endless.

Change is happening fast. With change comes opportunity. With
opportunity comes responsibility. With 50 years of leadership, Intel is
working with partners to take on the responsibility of delivering a
smart and connected 5G-powered world across the network, the cloud and
clients. The work is challenging and the scope is immense, but
inspiration is at an all-time high. We congratulate the industry, and
all of you, on reaching this remarkable milestone.

Asha Keddy is vice president in the Technology, Systems Architecture
& Client Group and general manager of Next Generation and Standards at
Intel Corporation.

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