ETSI sets up 5G high frequency "standards" group
Both the U.S. and the UK have active regulatory proceedings on how to use millimeter waves for commerce, especially broadband wireless. Ted Rappaport of NYU has convincing data the technology can work and Korea, Japan & Russia are hoping to deploy in three years. Huawei is committed to spending $600M on 5G research and Europe has a $B available. It will be very big in the discussions at MWC in Barcelona and the ITU WRC this fall. Now is the time to define how this will be done.
ETSI, the European standards group in Sophia Antipolis, is jumping in with what they call an "Industry Specification Group." An ISG takes less effort to set up than a formal standards group, can be set up quickly and costs less than setting up an industry trade group like BBWF or the new IOT groups. As far as I can tell from the website, membership is open. Renato Lombardi of Huawei is chair and Nader Zei of NEC Europe vice-chair.
Joining standards groups often is an exceptional way to keep up with the latest research.
Below, ETSI on ISG, first members of group and the official announcement.