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December 2020 | Volume 10, Issue 2 | 5G Standards |

3GPP 5G Core Network: An Overview and Future Directions

In 2015, the 5th generation (5G) mobile communication was officially approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as IMT-2020. Since then, 3GPP, the international organization responsible for 5G standards, is actively developing specifications for the complete 5G System. This paper describes an overview of the 3GPP 5G core capabilities and future directions.

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Letter from the Editor

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