UAE operator Du yesterday announced the commercial launch of its 5G Standalone (SA) network, heralding a significant upgrade from existing 5G infrastructure providing faster mobile data connections, smoother media streaming, lower latency, robust security features and improved overall network performance. Du’s press release confirmed that the first 5G SA-enabled device available to consumers on its network is the Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphone, but added that ‘an array’ of devices will follow ‘soon’ from multiple handset manufacturers, giving users ‘unprecedented speeds, minimal latency, and seamless connectivity.’ Furthermore, Du promised a 5G SA-based ‘Home Wireless’ internet service will be launched ‘in the near future’ to deliver faster speeds and improved reliability for residential fixed wireless access (FWA) broadband users. 5G SA will also support Voice over New Radio (VoNR), allowing consumers to enjoy high-quality voice/video calls transmitted within the Standalone network.

Du highlighted that 5G SA technology offers significant benefits for various enterprise sectors: leveraging network slicing technology to customise applications according to clients’ specific needs; supporting edge computing and advanced Mobile Private Network solutions; enabling real-time responsiveness for remote healthcare/medical services, Industry 4.0, industrial IoT, VR, AR, gaming, public safety, and real-time analytics, alongside enhanced FWA broadband connectivity for SMEs.

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