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5G Core (5GC)

Get to the core of 5G – a cloud native dual-mode 5G Cloud Core with common operations and maintenance for EPC and 5GC.

Seize new opportunities with 5G Core

5G Core networks will provide new capabilities to evolve existing services and create new services. Our dual-mode 5G Cloud Core solution will significantly expand the possibilities of mobile broadband and open-up a new dimension of use cases and business models.

It will enable you to:

  • Introduce 5G quickly and effectively while protecting existing services
  • Address new segments with flexibility and agility
  • Reduce cost and increase performance with automation cloud native design
  • Quickly introduce new functionality and do maintenance updates

Executive highlights

Run one core, get two generations

The Ericsson's dual-mode 5G Cloud Core solution combines 3GPP network functions from EPC and 5GC architectures into a common cloud native software platform to support 5G NR Stand-Alone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA), 4G, 3G and 2G accesses technologies. It delivers high levels of orchestration and automation for operational efficiency only enabled by a microservices architecture.

By implementing the dual-mode solution service providers will have more control to migrate to 5G on their own pace and in alignment to their business needs.

Key benefits:

  • Manage traffic growth with CAPEX efficiency
  • Reduce OPEX and operational inefficiencies
  • Grow revenue with agility and speed

Solution description

Total cost of ownership (TCO)

TCO is always key. However, during technology shifts and business transformations it becomes crucial. Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Cloud Core can help service providers get the most out of cloud native, microservices, user plane performance and more. It enables new ways of achieving challenging business and operational goals, while migrating to a 5G Core.

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Accelerate your journey to 5G

The Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Cloud Core delivers cloud native applications that supports both 5G EPC and the 5GC architectures. It's an evolution of our powerful virtualized portfolio, designed for cloud deployment, consisting of our Cloud Packet Core, Cloud UDM and Policy  and Signaling Controller products.

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 operators to extract more value and become contributors in existing and emerging ecosystems. 

Watch how the evolution from 4G Core Networks to 5G is made easy with Ericsson solutions here.

Our core evolution paper focuses on how this evolution journey can be simplified, with a holistic approach and based on our extensive experience with leading operators around the world; to reduce risk, cost and time to market.

Download the core evolution paper

Cloud native design for telecom applications

In the telecommunication industry, a cloud native application has specific performance requirements. With the right design principles that gives benefits that span from application performance, resiliency to automation. Read more about cloud native applications. 

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Cloud native design

Hear what the industry has to say

Patrick Weibel

"As we evolve our network to 5G, we need to simplify operations, reduce time to market for new functionalities, and open up our network for innovation. Ericsson’s Dual-mode 5G Cloud Core allows for the flexible evolution of our 4G Core network to a combined 4G and 5G network while maintaining cost efficiency. Adding to this, the evolved Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration solution bring us the automation of network slices required to reduce our provisioning time of services from weeks to hours."

Patrick Weibel - Head of 5G Program  - Swisscom

Joong-Gunn Park

"To further reinforce our leading position in 5G we are extending our 5G network capabilities to support the new 5G NR stand-alone. This puts new requirements on our core network to cater for extreme traffic peaks from new 5G services, simplify our operations and increase flexibility to deploy use cases based on network slices. With Ericsson's dual-mode 5G Cloud Core solution, we will meet these new requirements."

Joong-Gunn Park - Head of core network R&D - SK Telecom

Stephanie Gibbons

"With the launch of its Dual-mode 5G Cloud Core portfolio, Ericsson strengthens its end-to-end 5G platform with a multi-access, cloud-native core network solution. Built on a microservices architecture, and with its high-capacity user plane and network exposure capabilities, service providers will enhance network efficiency to manage traffic growth and to capture new 5G business opportunities."

Stephanie Gibbons -Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networks - Ovum

woman reading the 5G programmability paper

Programmability: a new frontier to monetize network assets

With 5G just around the corner, many mobile communications service providers worldwide have already laid out their launch plans to the 5G Core and 5G NRnetworks. However, while the industry is busy accelerating its development and deployment, outsiders are still wondering if 5G can deliver on its promises. Programmability in 5G Core networks has the potential to disrupt today's mobile network business models.

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5G Core solution built on market leading EPC, PCRF and SDM solutions
Our portfolio leadership in core network solutions is recognized by leading industry analysts as well as Tier1s world-wide.

One core network for all accesses and services
All mobile access technologies as well as fixed wireless access (FWA) in one core system.

Cloud native from design
Our solutions implements the best cloud native practices: infrastructure agnostic, microservices, individual life-cycle managements, multiple resiliency and truly integrate DevOps ways-of-working.

Mitigate your implementation risks
Our vast experience and global presence, deploying and managing end-to-end and multi-vendor networks, allows us to assure you a smooth migrating to 5GC.

Broad expertise in early 5G deployments and a wide industry collaboration
We are partnering with all 5G early adopters in North America, Asia and Europe; developing new 5G use cases. Our collaborations with chipsets and user-equipment makers gives you a time-to-market advantage to launch 5G services.

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Next steps

Learn more about 5G Core and the Ericsson Cloud Core offerings.

In focus

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Transforming 4G into 5G: Ericsson's dual-mode 5G Cloud Core

Read our blogpost about Ericsson's dual-mode 5G Cloud Core.

Continuous software delivery and deployment

Understand more on how our software approach will help you stay competitive.

Customer case: Swisscom

Continuous delivery and deployment of software is helping Swisscom turn on 5G.

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