5G standards leadership

Driving the 5G engine with research and standardization


Powered by world-renowned research from Nokia Bell Labs, Nokia has been the forerunner in defining the fundamental technologies for the 5G era.

Nokia uses its leadership position to ensure that 5G technology remains indispensably valuable to people and organizations that use it every day. We are driving standardization efforts to meet consumer, enterprise and industrial requirements not addressed in previous cellular standards, and we are constantly anticipating future needs by innovating new applications enabled by 5G.

We have one of the industry’s broadest and strongest portfolios, with about 4,300 patent families declared essential to cellular standards, including more than 4,000 families for 5G.

Roadmap to 5G standards


Building technologies for the 5G era

Discover how 5G creates new value for consumers and industries

5G white papers

1 October 2021

5G Non-Public Networks

In this white paper, we highlight the motivation for NPN, describe different deployment models and explain the features that were introduced by 3GPP Releases 16 and 17.

11 June 2021

Controlling drones over cellular networks

In this short paper we present how cellular networks can provide reliable connectivity to UASs and how high throughput applications from drones can be supported at the same time.

The Evolution of 5G New Radio Positioning Technologies

Discover how the evolution of 5G New Radio (NR) shows that positioning services are becoming important components of current and future cellular networks.

Explore the latency and jitter performance of isochronous audio transmission over 5G URLLC.

Gain a view of High-altitude platform stations (HAPS) that are used to supplement terrestrial networks and extend coverage to remote areas.

5G blog posts

10 Sep 2021

5G-Advanced’s system architecture begins taking shape at 3GPP

Today we’re getting our first look at the 5G-Advanced system architecture, just as we got our first look at the radio features of 5G-Advanced in July. The Service and System Aspects Technical Specifications Group (TSG SA) this week received submissions from across the industry for new features and plans for Release 18.

14 July 2021

How 5G-Advanced will help quench the world’s growing thirst for capacity

To understand the future of 5G, one only needs to look to South Korea. One of the earliest 5G adopters, South Korea has seen its mobile data usage soar since the introduction of the first 5G smartphone in 2019. According to tefficient, 5G traffic accounts for more than 50% of the total mobile data traffic in the country after only two years.

2 July 2021

Here's our first real glimpse at 5G-Advanced | Nokia

Today 5G-Advanced began to take shape. Companies across the breadth of the telecom industry this week discussed the first submitted proposals to the 3GPP RAN Release 18 workshop, giving us our first preview of what to expect in 5G’s next important evolutionary step. The first 5G-Advanced networks won’t appear until 2025, but, based on the commonalities among the 500 proposals submitted, we can start painting a picture of the features and use cases that will be supported.

25 April 2021

Creativity and passion drive Devaki Chandramouli in her standards work

Devaki Chandramouli is known for her ability to navigate the difficult terrain of technology standardization with ease. As the head of North American Standardization at Nokia, Chandramouli sets Nokia’s standards and industry-environment strategy in the region.

5G New Radio (NR) Positioning is evolving as a key feature that enables the operator of a 5G network to position devices for both indoor and outdoor applications with much better accuracy and reliability than those of previous generations.

As an avid technologist, I believe that this is an exciting time as the industry is gearing up for 6G research while simultaneously enhancing 5G capabilities with 3GPP releases. Technology research is shifting focus towards 6G with a view of commercialization around 2030.

Hear from our experts

5G-Advanced explained

Watch Nokia’s Matthew Baker, Head of Radio Physical Layer and Co-existence Standardisation, discuss how 5G-Advanced will provide improved experience for humans and machines, extensions for new use cases, and expansions to offer new functionalities. All powered by innovations that provide operational excellence.

Release 16 - RAN progress

Balazs Bertenyi explains the major successes achieved in Rel-16.

5G evolution

Learn about the evolution of 5G and how Nokia is a leading force in its standardization.