Currently, only China, South Korea and Singapore have networks that are standalone 5G. However, many others are now expressing their intention to go for the technology by 2021 or 2022.
Reliance Jio is planning to launch the next generation 5G standalone Option 2 architecture for its network and skip the current interim standard used by most of the networks across the globe.
The current interim architecture, known as non-standalone 5G, enables operators to leverage their existing investments in their 4G LTE networks and reduce capital costs. But while it offers higher speeds and reaches wireless mobile broadband to homes, several new and lucrative services cannot be enabled on this platform.
In standalone 5G, which Jio plans to adopt, a network has to be built with a new 5G core and new radios which work on 5G bands. In a non-standalone network, operators can continue to use the core of the 4G LTE
First Published: Dec 21 2020 | 06:10 AM IST