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3GPP Announces First International 5G Standard: 5G SA

2018-06-21 17:14

It is reported that 3GPP approved the adoption of the 5G SA specification as part of the Release 15 standard this week, achieving an important milestone in the history of 5G development. 5G SA will provide wireless operators and equipment manufacturers with new options for deploying 5G instead of relying on the underlying 4G LTE network.

3GPP Announces First International 5G Standard: 5G SA Specification

The SA (Standalone) 5G NR standard will have full user and control panel capabilities and will use the next-generation core network architecture.

The 5G SA announced the standard this time is different from the 5G non-independent (5G NA) specification announced in December last year. The 5G NA architecture utilizes the 5G new wireless (NR) air interface and the existing 4G LTE core network.

According to a recent report from the GSMA Intelligence, China's operators have been more inclined to adopt the 5G SA standard from the beginning than to deploy the 5G NR standard. The report pointed out that 5G SA standard does not rely on the traditional 4G LTE network, it can provide higher performance. However, it is expected that the initial deployment cost will be higher.


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