It’s taken two years to get here, but standalone (SA) 5G will be rolling out in 2021.
5G SA is a completely new core architecture defined by 3GPP that introduces major changes such as a Service-Based Architecture (SBA) and functional separation of various network functions.
Its architecture has the definite advantage of end-to-end high-speed and service assurance, particularly useful for MNOs who are set to commence new enterprise 5G services such as smart cities, smart factories, or other vertically integrated market solutions.
The deployment model enables the rapid introduction of new services with quick time-to-market. 5G SA architecture will allow operators to address the fifth generation of mobile communications, including enhanced mobile broadband, massive machine-to-machine communications, massive IoT and ultra-low latency communications.
Standalone 5G comprises a new end-to-end architecture that uses mmWaves and sub-GHz frequencies. The SA 5G will use enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), Ultra-Reliable and Low Latency Communications (URLLC), and huge machine-type communications (mMTC) to implement multi-gigabit data rates with improved efficiency and lower costs.
5G SA also enables more advanced network slicing capabilities, helping operators rapidly transition to both 5G New Radio (NR) and 5G as the core network. Network slicing, URLLC and mMTC bring ultra-low latency along with a wide range of next-gen use cases like remote control of critical infrastructure, self-driving vehicles, advanced healthcare and more.
Up until now, carriers have had to make do with non standalone 5G (NSA), a more watered down version of 5G that has had to lean on earlier technologies while the new SA 5G infrastructure was being built out.
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