Telekom Deutschland says it has carried out an uninterrupted video call over its 5G Standalone (SA) network. After numerous tests, the call was made via the firm’s first standalone antenna in the town of Garching near Munich to Bamberg in Telekom’s first 5G SA core network, and from there to Bonn. In addition to the stable data connection, very low latency was realised in the live network. The 5G technology currently deployed in Germany is based on the 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) network architecture, meaning it is still dependent on a simultaneously available 4G network. With 5G SA, the infrastructure in the core network will also be fully upgraded to a new, cloud-based 5G architecture.
‘Our goal is to continue to actively shape the future of mobile communications. 5G SA is important to be able to use technologies such as network slicing or edge computing,’ noted Claudia Nemat, Board Member Technology and Innovation at Telekom, adding: ‘We are very proud to have taken the next innovation step in 5G. With this test, we are once again demonstrating our innovation leadership.’