The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has unveiled a new logo for 5G connectivity standard. Devices that support the next generation of mobile connectivity will sport this logo. The new logo uses a wave pattern, similar to the one on the 4G LTE logo.
“The idea is to keep a familiar design aspect with the use of plain black text and textured waves, but to make the logo stronger and sharper – ready for use on the new radio and next generation core specifications for 5G,” 3GPP stated. However, consumer devices which will support 5G are still years away. 3GPP plans to release the 5G Phase 1 specifications till late 2018.
Trials for 5G are already underway. Last year, it was reported that Nokia Networks was in talks with telecom operators in India to begin trials of 5G networks in the country. Nokia Networks has already started testing 5G connectivity, in partnership with operators in other countries like the US, South Korea and Japan.
At CES 2017, Intel unveiled a 5G modem that can support sub-6GHz as well as mmWave bands. This would give control over a wider radio spectrum, which will allow it to be customised for a variety of scenarios. It can also pair with LTE modems like Intel’s XMM 7360 LTE modem to provide 4G fallback and 4G/5G interworking.