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SoftBank launches 5G Standalone services in Japan

Japanese operator SoftBank announced that it has started to offer 5G Standalone services in conjunction with the sale of its new 5G-compatible SoftBank Air terminal, called “Air Terminal 5”.

With this new launch, SoftBank claims to be the first carrier in Japan to offer 5G SA commercial services.

“5G SA delivers ultra-high-speed, ultra-low latency and massive device connectivity that is difficult to realize in previous generations of mobile networks. Unlike 5G Non-Standalone (5G NSA) services, which employ a system structure that couples legacy 4G core network equipment with 5G base stations, 5G SA uses leading-edge technology that combines new 5G-dedicated core network equipment with 5G base stations,” SoftBank said in a release.

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