The 5G Clubs

5G should also mean 5X the number of industry associations, consortiums, research institutes and other groups tackling the formidable challenge of defining the use cases, spectrum and standards associated with the next-generation network.

It's for a good reason, however -- there is still a lot that needs to be worked out over the next five years before early 5G networks are expected to go live. But, it can be hard to keep track of too. (See LTE Paves the Way for the 5G Revolution, The 3GPP's Road to 5G Standardization , You Can't Spell 5G Without LTE and 5G: What Is It & Why Does It Matter?)

Lucky for you, readers, you don't have to. In a new Prime Reading feature, the Light Reading editors have done the legwork for you, outlining 12 of the groups that are devoted to planning the roadmap for 5G. (See 5G: Meet the Influencers.)

For all the news on 5G from Light Reading's 5G month and recent Building America's 5G Ecosystem event, visit the dedicated 5G section here on the site.

Included in the report are:

Head over the Prime Reading section of the site to get the breakdown on what the group is about, which companies are involved and how they see 5G evolving. Let us know if we missed any groups in the comments section, as it seems to be an ever-growing list.

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TV Monitor 4/23/2015 | 4:23:16 PM
Re: In the club You missed probably the most important ones, because these are the ones likely to be launching their incompatible 5G formats in 2020 and onward and push them around the globe, irrelevant of what Ericsson and Nokia/Alcatel decides to do in Europe. And they got infrastructure and handset businesses to push their respective standards, unlike Europeans who got out of handset business.

- IMT-2020 : Promotes Chinese national 5G standard.(low-band massive MIMO in LTE band)

- 5G Forum and 5G Forum USA : Promotes Korean national 5G standard.(high-band MIMO in 28~38 Ghz band)

5GMF : Promotes Japanese national 5G standard(low-band massive MIMO in sub-6 Ghz band, similar to Chinese one)
sarahthomas1011 4/23/2015 | 12:45:28 PM
In the club I admit, I haven't chronicled all the 2G, 3G, and 4G "clubs," but 13 is a lot for 5G! That's a lot of viewpoints to have a say in what it will become. It should ultimately be a good thing, but it certainly makes a consensus hard to acheive.

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