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Nokia’s Big Plans – 5G “Standalone” Network Deployments For Enterprises

Last Tuesday, Nokia announced the commercial readiness of new 5G “standalone” private wireless networking solutions for enterprise users.

Compared to non-standalone 5G, standalone versions don’t rely on current 4G infrastructure, which means that enterprises will be able to use it at its fullest for decreased latency and high-performance services.

About The Release

Nokia’s commercial release is geared towards enterprise customers that require 5G SA (5G standalone) to support the most imperious 5G consumers in industries like automotive and mining.

Stephane Daeuble, head of enterprise solutions marketing at Nokia, stated in an interview to ZDNet:

“It also helps build a healthy ecosystem of 5G-connected industrial assets that all customers will have at their disposal.”

5G standalone and non-standalone were defined by global standards organization 3GPP years ago.

5G non-standalone (5G NSA) enables operators like AT&T to add 5G radio to their existing LTE core network to provide 5G services without requiring a massive infrastructure overhaul.

With NSA, download works on 5G, but uplink is powered by LTE.

Carriers all around the world are working on releasing 5G NSA networks, but the norm is progressing toward 5G SA, according to Daeuble.

“In the enterprise, you can imagine the core network is smaller, so 5G SA offers a better option,” he said. “They might as well start with 5G SA and get all the 5G goodness from the beginning,” Daeuble added.

Current Status

Nokia works with more than 180 private wireless enterprise customers worldwide, with more than 30 commercial 5G engagements with companies like Toyota Production Engineering and Lufthansa Technik.

According to Daeuble, the market potential is enormous, as there are nearly 14 million industrial sites that could be linked together.

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