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5G Standalone (5G SA)

Noun, Abbr.

5G Standalone (5G SA) refers to a 5G deployment model that uses 5G NR and is built entirely on a 5G-specific core network. Unlike the non-standalone (NSA) approach that leverages existing 4G LTE infrastructure, 5G SA is designed from the ground up to maximize the performance capabilities of 5G.

The two primary models of 5G deployment are:

  • Standalone 5G (SA)
  • Non-standalone 5G (NSA), which utilizes existing 4G LTE core networks

While NSA is more prevalent due to lower initial costs and easier implementation using existing infrastructures, it is considered an interim solution. The transition to 5G SA is expected globally as it offers significantly enhanced performance, including:

  • Bandwidths up to 10 Gbps
  • Ultra-low latency under 1 millisecond
  • Greater stability and wider coverage

These attributes make 5G SA pivotal for applications demanding real-time responsiveness, such as autonomous vehicles and advanced robotics.

Example of 5G SA in a sentence:

"5G SA is paving the way for ultra-fast connectivity and enabling futuristic technologies and services."

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