By 2025, there will be 1.5 billion 5G subscribers globally, according to Ericsson’s Mobility Report (January 2019). Digital service providers should already be leveraging 5G networks to offer new types of services to various customer segments. The industry challenge here isn’t finding killer applications, as these will come naturally with the creation of a 5G network. The real challenge is the ability to scale the platform, automate the lifecycle management of network slices and incorporate predictive demand and maintenance. In addition, ensuring optimized operational efficiency in terms of processes to be put in place, along with a behind-the-scenes workforce required to support the platform shouldn’t be neglected. The creation and use of Digital Twins can help to address these challenges.
A Digital Twin is a virtual representation of a real-world entity or system which acts as a mirror to provide a means to simulate, predict, forecast behaviour, and possibly control the real-world entity where applicable.
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