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8/31/2016 | 12:15:21 PM
Re: Stake in the ground
Hmmm, I think it might actually help Intel and presumably Cisco somewhat too.

Recall that Intel wants to get into basestation chips  for 5G. And Cisco is presumably going to want to know what kind of network interfaces they need to be working with.

The NR radio spec is really the groundfloor of 5G, so to speak. It doesn't cover how devices connect to the network or how sessions are set up and managed etc. etc. That's the next step for the 3GPP.  
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8/31/2016 | 4:49:17 AM
Stake in the ground
In terms of the 5G NR box, I'm struggling to see past the 'bragging rights' aspect -- bbasically, it looks like Ericsson got their first in being able to say "look, we've got a 5G-ready RAN box you can touch". But I guess that has its value.

The raft of enhancements is more likely to be of immediate intyeerst to operators, though I'm sure the operator lab teams will be keen to get their hands on all and any 5G-ready gear to put them through their paces. 

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