5G is here and standalone (SA) 5G is near.
Standalone 5G is where the promise of 5G architecture lies. This is an independent deployment mode that does not rely on any existing 4G network infrastructure.
SA is capable of addressing futuristic use cases powered by the next-generation mobile technology. In SA, the network functions including the control plane as well as the user plane are both 5G specific.
Standalone 5G NR makes use of the mid and high range frequency bands to enable advanced use cases that require ultra-low latency. It allows mobile operators to do a lot more than just offering high-speed internet services.
With standalone 5G NR, mobile operators can support use cases like Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC) and Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC). These use cases help digitize market verticals such as the manufacturing industry.
Network slicing is another key feature that works with the standalone variant of 5G. It allows mobile operators to create virtual sub-networks for specific (business) customers.
When people think about 5G they tend to think about crazy speeds, IoT, autonomous vehicles and smart cities.
There’s all that, but standalone 5G also focuses on an overall better product than 4G and its predecessors. For example, take better quality of voice calls.
Voice calls made over voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) service such as WhatsApp or Skype or Zoom are much clearer than on the phone network. High definition voice wasn’t a priority for the designers of 3G and 4G networks, but with 5G, you can expect all voice calls and video calls to contain speech that’s clearer, sharper and altogether more realistic.
It’s also set to go further than simply HD with so-called Voice over 5G (Vo5G), which looks set to be an integral part of other 5G services, such as video calling, telepresence, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
Standalone 5G technology is expected to help businesses increase efficiency, production, and innovative breakthroughs as well as reduce costs. But in order to reap the benefits of standalone 5G, business leaders must:
· Budget for the investment
· Plan for the new wave of automation and artificial intelligence
· Fortify their big data analytics
· Create a standalone 5G strategy
According to Forbes, education may be the most propitious investment organizations can make right now while carriers continue to build out their 5G infrastructure leading to SA 5G.
Training is key to helping leaders and their employees to understand what 5G is and how it can support business goals. 5G education can help businesses understand how the network’s benefits can support business goals, improve customer experience, and drive growth.
Faster speeds and lower latency lend themselves to an influx in new automation and AI technologies.
Companies ill-prepared for 5G and the technological advances it brings with it will inevitably be playing catchup for a long time.
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