Advancing the 5G Era: Benefits and Opportunity of 5G-Advanced

The second phase of the 3GPP 5G standardization process, 5G-Advanced brings a new wave of wireless innovations that will push technology boundaries in three broad directions. In summary, 5G-Advanced will serve a wide varietyof industries with different ecosystems, different needs and different regulatory environments. The GSMA is encouraging and facilitating cross-industry collaboration to fully explore the use cases for the capabilities of 5G-Advanced.

This document focuses primarily on 3GPP Rel-18 the inaugural release of 5G-Advanced. Initial work onRel-18 in 3GPP started in 2022 (just before the finalization of Rel-17), targeting commercialization from 2024 onwards. As it evolves, 5G-Advanced will play an important role bridging from 5G to 6G with new features previously not standardized in 3GPP.

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