5G Core (5GC)
Get to the core of 5G – a cloud native dual-mode 5G Core that combines EPC and 5GC network functions into a common cloud native platform for efficient TCO and smooth migration to 5G.
You’ve probably heard about advanced 5G use cases which, thanks to ultra-low network latency and very high throughputs, will revolutionize businesses and the day-to-day lives of consumers. But none of those will be possible without 5G Core (5GC). Alongside 5G new radio (NR), 5G Core is a fundamental cornerstone of 5G networks.
The core is the heart of the mobile network where ultra-connectivity translates into service differentiation and business flexibility. It establishes reliable and secure connectivity to the network and access to its services, determines the quality of service and enforces it through policy allowing services differentiation and handles wide area mobility throughout the network. It is the ‘business end’ of mobile broadband and IoT networks.
In short, 5G Core is a fundamental piece of the 5G network to enhance end user experience, simplify operations, add service agility and improve network capabilities – all thanks to its future-proof network architecture.
Explore Ericsson’s 5G Core solution characteristics and benefits and hear what our customers have to say throughout this page.
Read our blog post ‘Why do you need a 5G Core network and 5G NR Standalone?’
It’s not either or. Both are part of a journey towards the network of the future.
Currently, the vast majority of commercial 5G deployments are based on NR non-standalone (NSA) technology which uses existing LTE radio access for signaling between devices and the network, and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) networks which are enhanced to support 5G NSA. This approach allows new 5G services to be introduced quickly while maximizing the reuse of existing 4G networks. However, to unlock 5G’s full potential NR standalone (SA) and 5G Core (5GC) is needed.
The new 5GC architecture addresses the needs of not just today, but the future – raising mobile communications to unprecedented levels and making it possible to digitalize entire societies.
In a glimpse, this new architecture called as Service-Based Architecture (SBA), is built using IT network principles and cloud native technology. In this new architecture each Network Function (NF) offers one or more services to other NFs via Application Programming Interfaces (API). Each Network Function (NF) is formed by a combination of small pieces of software code called as microservices. Some microservices can even be re-used for different NFs, making implementation more effective and facilitating independent life-cycle management – which allows upgrades and new functionalities to be deployed with zero impact on running services.
Read more on the 5G network architecture domains
Manage TCO with efficiency during your migration to 5G
Total cost of ownership (TCO) is always a hot topic. However, during technology shifts and business transformations it becomes crucial.
5G Core enables new ways of achieving challenging business and operational goals. Our solution helps you:
- Manage traffic growth with CAPEX efficiency
- Reduce OPEX and operational inefficiencies
- Grow revenue with agility and speed
- Deployment flexibility and a smooth evolution to 5G
- Manage TCO during the migration to 5G
The network evolution from EPC to 5G Core plays a central role in creating a powerful programmable network platform for 5G, capable of being exposed and automated, for service providers to extract more value and become contributors in existing and emerging ecosystems.
With the network exposure capabilities from the dual-mode 5G Core, service providers can now begin to use a common suite of pre-integrated, standard Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to program and control connectivity services between IoT devices and application functions. This can be done by simply setting API parameters as opposed to running complex network integration projects, allowing for multiple network operations towards IoT devices previously considered impossible or too expensive.
Thanks to our dual-mode core solution - and its embedded API management module - both 4G and 5G core network APIs can be combined into customized service APIs to be exposed to partners and application functions in a controlled and secure way.
Programmability in 5G Core networks has the potential to disrupt today's mobile network business models allowing service providers to expand then offerings to industry 4.0 beyond connectivity.
Download our 5G core programmability paper to learn more.
Work with a leading and trusted partner:
- Our vast experience and global presence allow us to assure a smooth migration to 5G.
- We are partnering with all 5G early adopters in all continents; developing new 5G use cases all over the world.
- Our wide collaborations with chipsets and user-equipment makers give you time-to-market advantage to launch 5G services.
- Check out our customer testimonials and demo videos