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In March 2017, 3GPP finalized the feasibility study on New Radio (NR) for 5G and started the normative work for developing 5G NR specifications by June 2018 for inclusion in Rel-15. 3GPP also agreed to an intermediate milestone to complete the specifications for non-standalone 5G NR, where a mobile device should connect to both LTE and 5G NR, by December 2017 to meet the industry interest for early deployments in 2019 in several regions in the world. Following completion of 5G NR specifications in Rel-15, 3GPP will specify additional features for 5G NR in Rel-16 that would be released in December 2019.

Currently, many people are wondering what is going to happen with 5G, and whether or not 5G can really generate the amount of interest/business impact that it was hyped to do. At the time of ICC 2018, the mobile industry should have learned lessons from the trials and initial commercialization effort of 5G. For example, there were 5G trials during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in Korea in February 2018. In addition, there was a significant amount of effort put into commercial deployments of 5G networks in the U.S. during 2018.

This panel will be a very timely opportunity to discuss lessons learned from trials and initial commercialization efforts, ongoing challenges, business impacts, and the features to be included in future releases of 5G NR standards to address identified issues and to improve the ecosystem. In this panel, we will bring together leading experts from major operators, infrastructure, terminal, and chipset vendors, as well as other key members of the wireless communications industry ecosystem. These experts will provide views and insights to pave the way to realizing the vision of 5G and the business impact that 5G has been expected to have.

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