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5G New Radio (5G NR)

Noun, Abbr.

5G New Radio (5G NR) is a new radio access technology developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) for the 5G mobile network.

5G NR is set to become the global standard for the 5G wireless air interface, building on the same Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology used in 4G. This technology enhances flexibility and supports a wide range of frequency bands, crucial for the diverse applications of 5G:

  • Millimeter wave (mmWave): Key to 5G NR, offering high bandwidth at frequencies such as 24.25–27.5 GHz, 27.5–29.5 GHz, 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 57–71 GHz.
  • Unlicensed spectrums: Besides mmWave, 5G NR can utilize sub-6GHz bands, including:
    • Bands below 1 GHz like 600 MHz for extended reach
    • Mid-band frequencies from 1 GHz to 6 GHz for enhanced capacity
  • Small Cells: Utilizing low-power base stations to improve capacity and coverage, particularly in dense urban areas.

5G NR not only promises faster speeds but also offers scalability, supporting a vast array of devices and use cases such as:

  • eMBB (Enhanced Mobile Broadband): for high-demand applications like HD video streaming and edge computing.
  • URLLC (Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communication): crucial for autonomous vehicles and industrial automation.
  • mMTC (Massive Machine-Type Communication): for broad-scale IoT deployments.

Example of 5G NR in a sentence:

"5G NR is a groundbreaking step towards smart, high-speed networks, setting the stage for technological advancements."

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