Preparing for 5G Standalone (SA) and 5G Advanced

A Roadmap to the Future

As the world transitions from 4G to the era of 5G and beyond, it is crucial to understand the spectrum requirements and technological advancements that will shape the next decade. At HCT Group, we are committed to guiding our clients through this evolution, ensuring seamless integration and operational excellence. This blog post will outline the steps to prepare for 5G SA and 5G Advanced, detailing the spectrum requirements and emphasizing our capability to manage the entire process in alignment with the GSMA partnership for the NetZero program.

Spectrum Requirements: From 5G to 6G

1. Spectrum in 2022 (5G):
  • Legacy 2G/3G/4G Spectrum: Existing bands will continue to be utilized.
  • Low Bands: Frequencies such as 600 MHz and 700 MHz are essential for broad coverage.
  • Mid Bands: 3.5 GHz and 4.4-4.9 GHz offer a balance between coverage and capacity.
  • High Bands: 26 GHz and 28 GHz provide ultra-high-speed connections but with limited range.
2. Spectrum from 2025-2030 (5G-Advanced):
  • Continued Use of Legacy Bands: Ensuring backward compatibility and coverage.
  • Enhanced Low and Mid Bands: Increased focus on low (e.g., 600 MHz) and mid bands (e.g., 6 GHz) to enhance network performance.
  • High Bands Utilization: Expansion in high band usage (e.g., 40 GHz) to support advanced applications.
3. Spectrum Beyond 2030 (6G):
  • Legacy Integration: Incorporation of legacy 2G/3G/4G/5G/5G-A spectrums into the 6G framework.
  • Centimetric Range (7-15 GHz): Essential for maintaining a balance between coverage and capacity.
  • Sub-THz Range: Exploring frequencies such as 92-114 GHz and 130-175 GHz to support unprecedented data rates and new applications.

Transitioning from 4G to 5G SA and 5G Advanced

1. Infrastructure Assessment and Upgrade:
  • Evaluate Current Infrastructure: Assess existing 4G infrastructure to identify upgrade needs.
  • Implement Core Network Upgrades: Transition to a 5G core network (SA) to support advanced features and functionalities.
2. Spectrum Allocation and Management:
  • Efficient Spectrum Utilization: Optimize the use of existing and new spectrums to ensure seamless connectivity.
  • Future-Proofing Investments: Invest in technologies that can adapt to evolving spectrum requirements.
3. Technology Integration:
  • Deploy Advanced Antenna Systems: Utilize MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology to enhance capacity and coverage.
  • Implement Edge Computing: Reduce latency and improve service delivery by bringing computation closer to the user.
4. Compliance and Standards Alignment:
  • Adhere to GSMA Standards: Ensure all deployments align with GSMA guidelines and standards.
  • NetZero Program Integration: Incorporate sustainability practices in line with the GSMA NetZero initiative.

HCT Group's Commitment to Excellence

At HCT Group, we are dedicated to managing the entire transition process from 4G to 5G SA and 5G Advanced. Our expertise in spectrum management, infrastructure upgrades, and compliance ensures that our clients are well-prepared for the future. By aligning with the GSMA partnership for the NetZero program, we are committed to delivering not only cutting-edge technology but also sustainable solutions.

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