The first 5G standard (Release 15, NSA – non stand-alone – mode, Option 3) was finalized at the end of 2017. Fully standard-compliant radio systems will likely be available at the end of 2018. This means we expect to see 5G start being deployed by leading operators during 2019.
The first 3GPP-compliant 5G smartphones and tablets are likely to be launched in 2019.
The market for industrial IoT, or critical M2M, services is at an earlier stage, but will likely be a significant market in the longer term.
Full compliance with the ITU’s IMT-2020 requirements is anticipated with the completion of 3GPP Release 16 at the end of 2019 – In Phase 2 of the 3GPP 5G effort.