Wednesday 19 August 2020

Would 5G NSA undergo Sunset? When?

I have been thinking about the long term evolution of 5G and have now reached the conclusion that it would make sense in the long run to switch off non-standalone 5G. This would of course be only after 5G core has been tested and used extensively. Instead of writing my reasoning, here is a 10 minute video and the corresponding slides.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. If you agree, when do you think is the best time for 5G NSA Sunset?

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Ajay Sahai said...

Zahid - great post. However isn't TMO US doing the SA <=> NSA handover? From what I read they optimized for coverage (and better latency) by doing SA on the wider coverage carrier. Obvious marketing benefits!!

Zahid Ghadialy said...

Ajay, so it would make sense for them in the long run to switch off NSA and retain SA only. More optimised coverage and hopefully by that time even better speeds. Right now, the 5G speeds for T-Mo is just slightly better than 4G. Of course they have started using Sprint's C-band but will take a while for using that effectively.