Apple joins NGMN to help play a role in defining 5G standards

Apple joins NGMN to help play a role in defining 5G standards
According to the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance, Apple has joined the group and expects to be one of the companies playing a part in defining the standards of 5G networks. The NGMN Alliance was founded by mobile operators in 2006 to make sure future generations of networks and devices would meet the carriers' requirements.

This past February, Chief Technical Operators from 19 carriers met in Barcelona to discuss the "end to end" requirements for 5G coverage. Some mobile operators and equipment vendors are already testing 5G. In May of 2013, Samsung said that it hit the 1Gbps mark in tests. The company said that it required 64 antennas to reach that goal. It also said that it expects 5G networks to be ready for commercial use by 2020. At 5G speeds, a feature film can be downloaded and installed on your phone in under a second.

Besides Apple, the NGMN Alliance welcomed two other new members in Dutch cable TV operator Ziggo, and China's Peking University. Additionally, carrier Vodafone recently announced that it is expanding its partnership with Dresden University of Technology in Germany, to test 5G. The partners will also devise its standards for 5G networks. Dresden already has built a 5G lab where tests can be run on hardware and software related to 5G networks and technology, including tests on chips, spectrum, and cloud storage and computing.

source: Vodafone via FierceWireless



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Apple will still be trying to patent 5G when others are gonna be on 6G.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple can try but Nokia is already testing 5g!

2. andynaija

Posts: 1265; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Ehhh... Hopefully they won't try to sue other members within the group.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I doubt it, things like 3G, 4G and 5G as well, will be frand patents, since they might become standards. They can't keep them to theirselves, nor can they charge insane amounts of money for them.

4. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

We'll be paying 5G if Apple has its way with this! ;)

5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

fast speeds are nice, but I still don't think wireless is going to replace cabling anytime soon, with interference and such, but still nice enough though if you ask me when they get 4g lte going, should be enough for everyone. I think its called 4g lte? the advanced version of 4g?

8. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Yes, but I am pretty sure cabling isn't a word, lol

9. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

hmmm entirely possible I butchered it, english is not my native language nor do I live in an country where english is the normal language, so I am allowed to make mistakes :P Though that said, it is an expression, maybe not a word, Should have been cables, and not cabling.

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I dont like this. Didnt Apple get caught making some iPhone model(s) appear they were on 4G when they really werent on T Mo and/or AT&T? IIRC the carriers never refereed to HSPA+ as 4G, but H or H+. Again...IIRC

10. JMartin22

Posts: 2389; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Like everything they do, it's a marketing illusion effect. Add to the fact that the FCC allowed anything faster 10 mbps be considered '4G', while serving as a distinction to LTE. It's dumb.

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2389; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

They no doubt want to play a pivotal role in the process so they can patent and charge other firms that incorporate 5G modems into their handsets. They're a deplorable company.

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