SoftBank launches 5G SA commercial services in Japan


SoftBank began offering 5G stand-alone commercial services (5G SA) in conjunction with the sale of its new 5G-enabled SoftBank Air terminal, Air Terminal 5.

With this commercial launch, SoftBank will be the first operator in Japan to offer 5G SA commercial services. 5G SA offers ultra-high speed, ultra-low connectivity and massive device connectivity that is difficult to achieve in previous generations of mobile networks. Unlike non-autonomous 5G services (5G NSA), which use a system structure that combines existing 4G core network equipment with 5G base stations, 5G SA uses cutting edge technology that combines new dedicated core network equipment. to 5G with 5G base stations.

The most important characteristics of 5G SA networks are their ability to provide network slicing and private 5G networks, which are custom networks tailored to the needs of each business, and other connectivity features based on advanced technologies.

Additionally, because it uses container-based applications that run on cloud-native network infrastructure, SoftBank’s 5G SA network enables rapid capacity expansion and faster delivery of new services.

Starting with the introduction of Air Terminal 5, SoftBank plans to gradually introduce additional services that take advantage of the functionality of 5G SA. Additionally, through the SoftBank 5G Consortium, an assemblage of business entities from various industries, 5G affiliate partners and external experts, SoftBank will strive to support advanced healthcare, automated driving and other next-generation societal infrastructures with high-quality connectivity services. thanks to the ultra-high speed, ultra-low latency and massive connectivity features of 5G SA. With this initiative, SoftBank will contribute to an advanced societal infrastructure and the enrichment of broader industrial segments.

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