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UN steps in to end marketing war over what 5G means

Peter Sayer | Feb. 27, 2017
It means you won't get real 5G service until 2020, according to the ITU, the UN's telecom standards body

The 2020 in the title refers to the year the ITU expects the IMT-2020, or 5G, specification to be ready.

Standardization work isn't just going on at the ITU: The Third Generation Partnership Project or 3GPP is working on a "5G" specification that it intends to submit to the ITU by October 2020, and earlier this month unveiled one of the first deliverables, a new logo.

3gpp 5g logo 
3GPP The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)'s "5G" logo.

If you see it on a phone before the end of 2018 though, when 3GPP plans to publish the first release of its specification, then it's probably a fake.

 

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