Automation of 5G cloud native applications

Jan Häglund, head of R&D at Ericsson Digital Services shares his insights in a podcast on virtualization, telco transformation and how to automate 5G cloud native applications.

Jan Häglund is head of portfolio and R&D at Business Area Digital Services and is fresh from speaking on the topic of “Automation of 5G cloud native applications”, at the plenary session during the SDN NFV congress happening in the Hague, The Netherlands this week. In his key note session, which you can view below, Jan focused on our NFV and 5G cloud native solutions and how crucial they are to ensure a seamless acceleration of service providers’ transformation journey.

Jan Haglund cloud native

Jan is also the latest podcast guest for Dez Blanchfield in our joint 'Transmissions from Tomorrow' podcast series. In this episode, Jan describes his role in Business Area Digital Services, where his unit holds the responsibility of both R&D strategies and portfolio strategies of the complete Digital Services portfolio. The portfolio includes OSS, BSS, core network, cloud infrastructure and communication services (e.g. Voice over LTE) to communication service providers (CSPs). The whole portfolio aims to support CSPs to become digital service providers.

There are two main pillars to Jan’s role. One is based on what to do when it comes to products and portfolio—making sure that it evolves in the right way, supporting customer needs and objectives with the right technologies enabling automation and cloudification—and focusing and developing the portfolio. The other pillar is around R&D and our approach and ways of working when developing our software and solutions—making sure the whole Digital Services R&D work, execute and evolve as one team—and working with for example agile development, continuous delivery and automated testing.

Jan Haglund at his presentation

View Jan's full keynote speech below:


5G is happening

Speaking during the event on the topic of "Automation of 5G cloud native applications. "Jan said that “5G is happening. Now is time to get your NFV platforms working” and went on to say that we should learn from our past and not make the same mistakes again. Specifically Jan said; "Some of the lessons learned are that it is better to go for: Open and pre-verified configurations, cloud native applications, automate and change operations."

In speaking with Dez, Jan outlined an example of how BA Digital Services is currently managing over 140 virtualized software based contracts on its NFV infrastructure solution.


Challenges ahead

In the podcast, they discuss the general idea of using cloud technology also for network application and although on paper it seems straight forward, the actual journey has proven to be quite complex for many of our customers. As there are many paths starting from different angles, using different applications and some are really truly building an infrastructure that is future proof.

They discuss how important it is work in partnership with our customers and how oftentimes Its not just about technology its also about operating models, having troubleshooting methodologies in place and looking at the entire life cycle environment.

In addition, they discuss how the introduction of 5G offers opportunities for new and emerging players in the digital service provider space.


5G will be a fast rollout

Jan predicts that 5G will be rolled out in a faster time-frame than the previous upgrades even though the complexity of the technology is continuously increasing—with a whole new generation of networking and service offerings for example autonomous vehicles, smart cities, smart manufacturing, smart mining and all other use cases, yet to be imagined.

Jan believes that automated processes is going to be key in ensuring a smooth upgrade to network capacity and service enablement.

They look at the opportunities that lie ahead for the telecom operators who are willing to evolve their identities into more of a digital service provider. What kind of innovative thinking is required to take advantage of the use-cases that can be realized now on 4G networks and as we integrate and upgrade to 5G and the possibilities with massive IoT.

In addition, they take a deep dive on network slicing (NS) and look at the monetization opportunities that lie ahead. Financial models that can come about through this lower more controlled latency from NS and how it opens up new possibilities for tiered pricing as the bandwidth and network can be sliced to an enterprises exact needs (see surveillance camera example and monetizing new business models).


Future gazing—virtual crystal ball

As with every podcast, Dez then asks Jan to future gaze and what trends he sees appearing on the horizon in 18 months. He asks Jan to look at the evolutionary path, the momentum that is created now and demand that is out there—what is the likely next trend? Will 'as a service' feature? Is there room for a new breed of service providers? Curious? Listen to the podcast for more…

Link to Podcast


Related Articles/ links


How to handle 5G migration successfully by Jan Häglund.

Boost Digital Transformation via NFV by Dez Blanchfield.


About Jan Häglund

Jan Haglund

Jan Häglund is head of portfolio and R&D in Business Area Digital Services. Ericsson Digital Services provides solutions that realize our customers’ digital transformation including software and services in the areas of monetization and management systems (OSS/BSS), telecom core (packet core and communication services), and cloud & NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) infrastructure. Jan Häglund joined Ericsson in 1993 and spent the first years of his career in applied software research and in system and software architecture roles. He has had several leadership positions in Ericsson with business responsibility for investments in packet core, transport and network management hardware and software. Jan Häglund has international experience, both as the head of organizations based in Silicon Valley and from working in Tokyo with Japanese customers. Jan holds an MSc and a PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and an MSc from the Engineering School of Physics in Grenoble, France.

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