5G Implementation Guidelines: SA Option 2
5G is becoming a reality as early adopters have already commercialized data-oriented 5G networks in 2018 and launched consumer mobile 5G in 2019. Whilst early adopters do not necessarily require guidance, there are still the majority of the operator communities that are yet to launch commercial 5G services.
This document intends to provide a checklist for operators that are planning to launch 5G networks in SA (Standalone) Option 2 configuration, technological, spectrum and regulatory considerations in the deployment. This version of the document currently provides detailed guidelines for implementation of 5G using Option 2, reflecting the initial launch strategy being adopted by multiple operators. There is an implementation guideline for NSA Option 3 already available. However, as described in “GSMA Operator Requirements for 5G Core Connectivity Options” there is a need for the industry ecosystem to support all of the 5G core connectivity options (namely Option 4, Option 5 and Option 7). As a result, further guidelines for all 5G deployment options will be provided in the future.