Core network and automation
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Do you need support with your network evolution to a fully cloud native 5G Core network? With a leading number of significant 5G Core contracts globally and being a frontrunner in 5G Core and cloud native technology with the world’s first deployments, Ericsson will help you succeed.
Technology that enables new use cases
With 5G comes the promise of new use cases not previously possible with 3G and 4G networks. This includes industrial automation, mission critical IoT, and advanced consumer services like virtual reality, augmented reality and gaming with outstanding user experience. These new use cases will unlock new end user experiences and create additional revenue streams for Communication Service Providers. However, these new 5G services require adjustments to the network and its operations.
The core network needs to evolve to a fully cloud native 5G Core network, based on the new Service-Based Architecture (SBA). This will allow new services to be created faster and in a more agile way. Built on micro services, enabling independent life-cycle management and fast service design , and ready to support network slicing, the 5G Core will cater to fast service delivery and end-to-end service level agreements (SLA) to consumers and business customers. Moreover, software service functions, like software probes, will be in built in the core nodes to facilitate faster, more secure and agile deployments options.
The underlying cloud infrastructure need to evolve in multiple dimensions. First, it must support a cost efficient evolution from today’s virtual core networks to manage a fully cloud native and container based network. Secondly, it must support a wide range of deployment options. The historically more central deployment, but also edge and deep edge deployments required for low latency and edge computing use cases. In addition, the underlying cloud infrastructure should be system verified with the network functions and the management and orchestrion layer to provide optimal TCO.
Lastly, the 5G in general and the core network in particular need be automated. The automation is required to handle the magnitude of tailor-made services and slices that will be introduced with 5G. To manually, or even semi-automated, adjust all parts of the network is not feasible if SLAs are to be sustained. The automation is also required from an internal operations perspective. To keep up with latest software releases, it is imperative to have a Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) mindset. The faster the latest capabilities are introduced in the network, the faster new differentiating services can be introduced and monetized.