We got the official 5G logo earlier this month. Earlier this week the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) released a new report to confirm minimum requirements related to technical performance for IMT-2020 or 5G radio interface(s) which support the new capabilities of systems beyond IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced. This outlines 13 specs that will need to be met for networks to call themselves 5G.
Downlink peak data rate is 20 Gb/s
Uplink peak data rate is 10 Gb/s
Downlink peak spectral efficiency is 30 bit/s/Hz
Uplink peak spectral efficiency is 15 bit/s/Hz
Downlink user experienced data rate is 100 Mb/s
Uplink user experienced data rate is 50 Mb/s
5G must support at least 1 million connected devices per square kilometre (0.38 square miles). Similar to LTE and LTE-Advanced, the 5G spec calls for base stations that can support everything from 0km/h up to “500km/h high speed vehicular” access (i.e. trains).