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STL Partners research paper


Capturing the 5G SA opportunity: towards a multi-vendor approach

5G Standalone (SA) is an exciting prospect for telecoms operators. With many operators’ revenues from traditional connectivity beginning to stagnate, or even decline, there is increased pressure for operators to create differentiation and offer new services.

The transformative potential of 5G SA has been widely discussed within the telecoms industry and beyond thanks to its enhanced features and functionalities, providing operators the ability to offer new services. In contrast to previous generations, 5G SA has been designed to run as cloud-native and adopt cloud-native principles. Without SA, 5G networks are less able to quickly launch new services, enable new use cases, or introduce more scalable, automated operating models. SA enables faster speeds, lower latencies, greater reliability and ability to support more devices in comparison to its 5G Non-standalone (NSA) counterparts.

5G SA represents a major opportunity for telcos across all markets to adapt their business models. To understand more about how Tier 2 and Tier 3 operators in EMEA, APAC and North America, are approaching the opportunities and challenges of 5G SA, STL Partners conducted a research for Oracle Communications in June 2022. This paper explores the findings of this research.