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5G moves one step closer to reality

Group photo from last week's 5G meeting in La Jolla, Calif.
Group photo from last week's 5G meeting in La Jolla, Calif. Photo: AT&T

As mobile providers prepare to sink billions of dollars into the next generation of wireless networking, or 5G, engineers are still scrambling to nail down its technical details but were able to take key steps needed to start rolling out the network by the end of this year.

The bottom line: The group left La Jolla with the features for the standards of its first version frozen and a solid start on the standards for the follow-on release, albeit with technical work yet to be done on all fronts.