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5G NR – Behind the Scenes

By: , Posted on: September 20, 2018

OFDM, ultra-lean, mini-slots, beam-centric, ….these are just some of the many words and acronyms being used in conjunction with 5G and it is easy to get lost among all the terms and technology components. We believe our recently released book 5G NR: The Next Generation Wireless Access Technology, explaining the technologies behind this new standard and the reason for including them, fills an important need for those interested in NR.

Similar to the generations that have come before, 5G standardization is spearheaded by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (or 3GPP, as it’s more commonly known). The 3GPP standardization is an open and contribution-driven process, bringing together (telecommunications) companies from all over the world in order to establish an international standard for 5G. Anyone can join 3GPP to contribute and the specifications are publicly available, even to non-members.

The standardization process is a highly innovative and complex one – the amount of documents sent in to just one of the 3GPP working groups is around two and a half times what Shakespeare wrote in his entire life. Needless to say, an intense amount of work has been spent on defining NR, but thanks to the openness of 3GG, companies can cross-check each other’s contributions and proposals, ensuring a well-functioning standard. Representing Ericsson, one of the largest contributors to 3GPP for many years, has certainly helped us in explaining the technology behind NR and we believe that our book can help making NR accessible to a wider audience than reading the specifications.

Above is a picture of me at a recent 3GPP meeting discussing the future evolution of NR where we wore a specially designed T-shirt to celebrate the release of our book. Interestingly, many people wanted to buy not only the book but also the t-shirt!

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About the book:

5G NR: The Next Generation Wireless Access Technology follows the authors’ highly celebrated books on 3G and 4G by providing a new level of insight into 5G NR. After an initial discussion of the background to 5G, including requirements, spectrum aspects and the standardization timeline, all technology features of the first phase of NR are described in detail.

Key Features:

  • Offers a concise and accessible explanation of the underlying technology and standards for 5G NR radio-access technology
  • Provides detailed description of the NR physical-layer structure and higher-layer protocols, RF and spectrum aspects and co-existence and interworking with LTE
  • Gives insight not only into the details of the NR specification but also an understanding of why certain solutions look like they do


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