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Establishing an interim, nonstandalone mode for 5G New Radio has helped ensure that the communications industry is working toward a single, global standard for 5G.


  • The interim NSA standard does not only benefit operators who expect to launch 5G before 2020. It also reduces complexity for operators launching in 2020 and beyond by allowing them to initially reuse existing LTE network resources.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand what the 3GPP’s interim nonstandalone 5GNR standard means for operators and their 5G plans.
  • Evaluate the short- and medium-term implications and possible repercussions for 5G launch plans and initial service expectations.

Key questions answered

  • What is 3GPP’s interim nonstandalone 5GNR initiative and how does it change the 5G standards timeline?
  • What benefits can follow from the accelerated standards timeline for operators planning their 5G launches?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Why nonstandalone 5GNR is important

  • Building certainty and reducing complexity
  • Initial 5G deployments will support enhanced MBB
  • Most operators are not changing their plans


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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