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5G-Advanced: Expand and transform your connected world

5G-Advanced: Expand and transform your connected world

What is 5G-Advanced?

5G-Advanced will bring out the richest capabilities of 5G over the coming decade, breaking down boundaries and expanding connectivity. From immersive extended reality (XR) experiences to high-precision location, presence and timing technologies, 5G-Advanced will profoundly transform what you can achieve with your network.

AI/ML data collection and analytics coupled with introducing AI/ML technologies in CORE, RAN and network management is expected to bring many benefits, vital new levels of energy efficiency among them.

Through the 3GPP standards body, Nokia is in the process of making 5G-Advanced happen. The first release of the 5G-Advanced era, Release 18, is due in 2024. The second and last major release of 5G-Advanced is Release 19 and the specification will be completed by the end of 2025.

From 5G-Advanced to 6G: Bridge to the future

5G-Advanced: Expanding 5G for the connected world

What is 5G-Advanced?

P&S Intelligence predicts there will be over 1 billion XR users by 2030* driven partly by the surging adoption of 5G. Now is the time to get in on the action and start developing innovative services with 5G-Advanced.


Your guide to 5G-Advanced

The network is constantly evolving and 5G-Advanced is the next step on the long journey to 6G. Nokia’s Matthew Baker explains the full range of value this will bring – from improved consumer XR to reducing carbon emissions.

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Four ways 5G-Advanced will transform our industry

Nishant Batra, our Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, kicks off an exciting new Nokia series exploring the ‘’Four E’s” of 5G-Advanced: Supporting new 5G experiences, expanding 5G into new use cases, extending 5G into new areas and boosting 5G operational excellence.

Find out how 5G-Advanced will transform networking

5G-Advanced will power mobile XR experiences virtually anywhere

5G-Advanced is taking shape before our eyes. Last month, 3GPP approved many of the items in Release 18, defining the features that will make up 5G-Advanced networks when they first appear in 2025. Now that our target is in sight, we felt it is high time to shine a spotlight on how these features will make 5G-Advanced a truly meaningful evolutionary step in our long cellular journey.

Find out how 5G-Advanced will transform our mobile experience

5G-Advanced will expand the network’s scope beyond mere communication

With improved capabilities in positioning and timing 5GAdvanced will transform the network, enabling us to know more than just what is happening, but where and when too.

Find out what 5G-Advanced offers beyond communication

5G-Advanced will extend the 5G network’s reach to new devices, industries and places

As we move from 5G to 5GAdvanced, the network is extending its reach in multiple new directions. 5G-Advanced will target new classes of devices, provide coverage in more places and open 5G up to new industry verticals

Find out how 5G-Advanced will extend the 5G network’s reach

5G-Advanced will change the way we slice, automate and power the network

5G-Advanced will hone the operational performance of 5G with new automation, network slicing, and energy-efficiency capabilities.

Find out how 5G-Advanced will transform our network

5G-Advanced: Expanding 5G for the connected world

5G-Advanced is set to evolve the 5G system to its fullest capabilities. It will comprise a large set of innovations offering a plethora of benefits for network and system operators, end-users and verticals. As the initial program for 5G-Advanced takes shape in 3GPP, this paper provides an overview of the key technology enhancements to be expected.

Release 18 white paper

Release 19 white paper

4 Focus areas


5G-Advanced Webinar

Learn more from Nokia and TechInsights about the trends that will drive 5G-Advanced

Webinar with Nokia 3GPP experts

Bringing the ‘Four E’s’ to life

This is the webinar with Nokia 3GPP experts, painting a picture of 5G-Advanced’s radio and system architectures and providing a view of the upcoming 3GPP release schedule. Deep-dive into how 5G-Advanced is empowering the four E’s : Experience, expansion, extension and operational excellence.

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Meet your webinar hosts

Yannick Lair

Yannick Lair

Head of 3GPP SA Delegation, Nokia

Antti Toskala

Antti Toskala

Head of RAN1 standardization, Nokia

Matthew Baker

Matthew Baker

Head of standardization RAN4, Nokia

Sari Nielsen

Sari Nielsen

Head of Standardization RAN2, RAN3 and RAN5, Nokia

How will 5G-Advanced improve monetization?

5G-Advanced is compatible with a broad diversity of connected devices beyond the smartphone, as new advanced features are introduced to enable a wide IoT ecosystem allowing low-cost and low-data rate connections. These connections can power always-on, automated, mission-critical applications with extremely low latency and pin-point accuracy. Together with upcoming network slicing innovations, 5G-Advanced is set to enable and expand many exciting new consumer and industrial use cases in 2025, and beyond.

Mobile XR and cloud gaming which both need short set-up times and power efficiency, making them available anywhere, anytime on compact devices with small batteries.

Industrial process monitoring and quality control demanding the frequent transaction of small data packets transmitted efficiently to support network performance.

5G connected tags for asset tracking requiring very low energy consumption – one day, these tags may even be able to harvest energy from their environment.

Autonomous vehicles, robots, drones and drone-mounted devices which will thrive with 5G-Advanced networks tailored to ensure reliable communications with base stations, without inferring with other users.

Indoor and outdoor positioning accuracy technologies using advanced new capabilities such as carrier phased positioning applied to signals emitted by 5G base-stations to locate connected devices, with centimeter-level accuracy.

Resilient timing services supporting everything from industrial automation to real-time financial transactions.

Smart wearable electronics with small form factor, long lasting batteries that demand efficiency.

Specialist industry applications across sectors from railways and utilities to public safety for example delivering next-generation signalling and communications for railways by adapting 5G to their allocated spectrum bandwidth, connecting next generation smart grids and powering ultra-connected and responsive blue-light services.

Keen to extract value from your 5G network?

This illuminating interview and live Q&A with Bell Labs Fellows Harri Holma and Antti Toskala shows you how.

How to extract value from your 5G network?

How to increase capacity with eMBB

The pandemic changed how we all live and work resulting in vastly increased network loads. This blog explores how 5G-Advanced supports these exponentially increasing data demands, emerging extended reality applications, and industrial automation by enabling enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB). Peter Merz, who leads Nokia Standards, and Mikael Rylander, the Technology Leadership Officer at Nokia, show how eMBB can transform experiences for all kinds of users on the move.

On a journey to 6G

With the 5G-Advanced release of new standards, Nokia Bell Labs is already beginning the research work on 6G with the aim of making it commercially available by 2030. The 6G era will radically transform what a network can do, seamlessly fusing the digital, physical and human worlds to trigger extrasensory experiences. Intelligent knowledge systems will combine with robust computation capabilities to redefine how humans we live, work and take care of the planet.

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Towards 5G-Advanced

Browse these informative blogs, whitepapers and videos.

Turning technology into innovation and growth

Explore how we are driving the development of global standards with inventor-friendly policies that will generate significant value and sustainable growth opportunities.