Telefónica and Nokia have announced a partnership aimed at leveraging 5G Standalone (SA) capabilities to enhance network APIs, thereby supporting developers in crafting innovative use cases for consumers, enterprises, and industrial sectors. This collaboration will see Telefónica utilizing Nokia’s Network Exposure Function (NEF) to provide developers access to various advanced 5G network features.

Nokia has clinched a major deal with Uzbekistan’s Perfectum, paving the way for the deployment of Central Asia’s inaugural 5G standalone (SA) network. Under this agreement, Nokia will be the exclusive supplier, furnishing Perfectum with a comprehensive end-to-end 5G SA network, including radio access, transport, core networks, and various network automation and service applications.

In an ambitious move following its planned merger with Three UK, Vodafone has announced a significant enhancement of its network capabilities across Scotland, targeting a comprehensive deployment of 5G Standalone (SA) technology. By 2034, the telecom giant aims to cover 89% of Scotland with this advanced network, promising a substantial boost in national productivity valued at approximately £9 billion by the end of the decade.

In 2024, the telecom industry is witnessing a transformative shift driven by evolving customer needs, technological advancements, and environmental concerns. Key trends include the rise of self-service platforms, the migration to VoIP as PSTN becomes obsolete, standalone 5G networks taking center stage, AI integration for enhanced connectivity, and a strong commitment to sustainability. These trends are reshaping how telecom carriers operate and innovate, promising new opportunities in a rapidly changing landscape.

In a groundbreaking move, Parallel Wireless, Inc., a U.S. based Open RAN innovator, has officially launched the general availability of its pioneering 5G Standalone (SA) software stack. The innovative solution, a first of its kind globally, is designed to be hardware-agnostic, allowing operators, private networks, and public safety networks to seamlessly deploy their RAN infrastructure across diverse processor hardware platforms.

As Portugal’s telecom operator Nos marks two years of 5G services, it declares readiness to launch services on a new 5G standalone infrastructure. Despite the slower than expected progress, Nos’s move signifies a key contribution to the sector. Intriguingly, the viability and potential benefits of this new infrastructure remain a matter of debate. With collaborations with Nokia and Ericsson, Nos envisions a surge in ultra-low latency services.