To allow for a faster and simpler migration of cellular networks from 4G LTE to the 5G New Radio standard, the 3GPP has codified two deployment modes for 5G networks. Nowadays, you can decide to leverage the Non-Standalone Architecture (NSA) or the Standalone Architecture (SA). The NSA 5G leverages existing networking infrastructure while 5G Standalone Core, on the other hand, modernizes core network infrastructure to suit the myriad needs of enterprises worldwide.
One thing you ought to keep in mind is that Non-Standalone 5G is a necessary step in the global transition to 5G. And this doesn’t come as a surprise for many considering it is how most of the world has been experiencing 5G on their devices. The good thing about NSA 5G is that it allows network operators to maximize their existing LTE infrastructure.
It doesn’t stop at that since it provides enterprise and users with faster and more reliable communication than ever seen before. This is made possible thanks to 5G’s eMBB, which unfortunately, only scratches the surface of 5G’s promise.
Things tend to be somehow different with the 5G Standalone Core architecture as it offers a host of new features and functionality way beyond more bandwidth. One notable feature you can take advantage of is the Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communication (URLCC). This is an important feature for applications that require near-real-time responsiveness. This is widely applicable in things like machine vision, precision robotics, and autonomous driving vehicles.
If you are looking forward to delivering the combination of URLLC and massive IoT to customers, operators need to leverage 5G Standalone Core architecture. This is because it easily opens up the ability of slicing the network into customized virtual pieces. You can then tailor these virtual pieces for specific needs of your business while at the same time maximizing operational efficiency without necessarily having to go through a lot.
Now that you already know some of the differences between 5G Standalone Core and Non-Standalone Core, you can easily tell what best fits the needs and interests of your enterprise before making the switch.