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5G Advanced (REL 18+)

5G Advanced refers to the evolving set of technology specifications and standards developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) for advanced features and capabilities within the 5th generation (5G) of mobile communication networks. As part of the ongoing development of the 5G ecosystem, 3GPP continually works on enhancing and expanding the capabilities and performance of 5G technology through successive releases and advancements.
The concept of 5G Advanced encompasses a range of improvements, optimizations, and new functionalities designed to further enhance the performance, efficiency, and versatility of 5G networks beyond the initial specifications laid out in early releases. 

Key components and areas of focus for 5G-Advanced -

1. Enhanced Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Communication: Rel-18 is expected to feature enhancements to V2X communication capabilities, enabling improved support for connected and automated driving, as well as advanced safety and efficiency applications in transportation systems.

2. Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 Support: Rel-18 is anticipated to introduce features and optimizations to better address the requirements of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications and Industry 4.0 use cases, including ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) enhancements and support for industrial automation and control systems.

3. AI/ML Integration: Integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies into the 5G network, potentially enabling more intelligent network management, optimization, and the introduction of new AI-driven services and functionalities.

4. Evolution of Core Network Architecture: Further evolution of the 5G core network architecture to support new service-oriented, cloud-native, and edge computing paradigms, potentially enabling more flexible and efficient network deployments and service delivery.

5. Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: Focus on energy-efficient designs and sustainable practices within the 5G network infrastructure, potentially addressing environmental impact and operational costs.
5G Advanced Enhanced Security Phase 2

3GPP Release 18 (Rel-18) includes enhancements to the security aspects of 5G networks, including what is known as "5G Advanced Release 18 enhanced security phase 2." This phase is focused on further strengthening the security features and protocols of 5G networks to address emerging threats and vulnerabilities. Some potential areas of emphasis for the enhanced security phase 2 in 5G Advanced Release 18 may include:

1. Quantum-Safe Cryptography: Given the potential future threat posed by quantum computing to traditional cryptographic algorithms, there is a growing emphasis on developing and standardizing quantum-safe cryptographic solutions to protect 5G communications from potential attacks leveraging quantum computing capabilities.

2. Network Slicing Security: As 5G networks increasingly support network slicing to enable the provision of diverse services with varying requirements, enhancing security mechanisms specific to network slicing to ensure isolation, integrity, and confidentiality of traffic and resources within different slices is a key focus.

3. Threat Intelligence and Information Sharing: The development of mechanisms and protocols to facilitate effective threat intelligence sharing and collaboration among 5G network operators, enabling the rapid dissemination of information related to emerging security threats and vulnerabilities to enhanc
e proactive defense measures.

4. Enhanced Authentication and Access Control: Further improvements to authentication and access control mechanisms within 5G networks, potentially including the adoption of more robust and efficient authentication methods, such as multi-factor authentication and biometric authentication, to strengthen user and device identity verification.

5. Security for Edge Computing and Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC): Given the increasing deployment of edge computing and MEC in 5G networks, there is a need for enhanced security measures tailored to the unique characteristics and distributed nature of edge environments, ensuring the protection of sensitive data and applications at the network edge.


Key Technology Use Cases in 5G-Advanced

PDF Download - 3GPP Tech Trends White Paper - Source: 5G Americas JAN 2023

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