5G Releases 16 and 17 in 3GPP

Introduction

The 2nd phase of 5G is being finalized in 3GPP, with the Rel-16 version of the specifications being frozen around June 2020. The 3GPP Plenary meetings in December 2019 decided the work program for the set of features to be included in Rel-17, which is scheduled for completion 15 months after Rel-16.

3GPP timeline for Release 16 finalization and Release 17

Release 16 and 17 features

Based on Nokia latest white paper, It identified four key features as below

1. Industrial IoT.
2. Other verticals.
3. Network deployment and automation.
4. Device enhancement.

Release 16 and 17 Features