5G wireless technology comes in two modes of operation, NSA (Non-Standalone) and SA (Standalone). But what do these terms actually mean, and which mode is superior for your needs?
NSA 5G Mode
NSA 5G mode refers to the deployment of 5G on top of existing 4G LTE infrastructure. In other words, 5G signals are transmitted over existing 4G networks for cost efficiency and speedy deployment since no new infrastructure is necessary. Unfortunately, however, the speed and performance of the 5G network may be constrained by its capacity within the existing 4G network.
SA 5G Mode
SA 5G mode is a standalone network that utilizes only 5G infrastructure, meaning it can run independently of the 4G network. SA 5G promises faster speeds, lower latency and greater capacity than NSA 5G mode; however it requires more expense and time to deploy as it requires creating an entirely new infrastructure from scratch.
Which Mode is Better?
So, which mode is superior? It depends on what you need from it. For faster speeds and superior performance, SA 5G mode is your best bet; however, if cost and time are factors then NSA 5G may be more practical for you.
When it comes to coverage, NSA 5G mode offers more coverage as it leverages existing 4G infrastructure. On the other hand, SA 5G mode may have limited reach due to its need for building new infrastructure.
In conclusion, both NSA and SA 5G modes have their advantages and drawbacks. It’s up to network operators and consumers to decide which mode best meets their requirements. With advances in technology expected to continue throughout the coming years, it seems likely we’ll continue seeing further advancements and innovations across both modes.