Evolving the future with network architecture

Future network architecture

The network architecture enables the most innovative platform for the communication ecosystem. A good architecture forms the foundation of successful networks.

The ability to support other industries is a major challenge for communication service providers going forward. Different needs apply to different industries as they go digital. The future network will need to evolve into a network platform that is characterized by its capability to instantaneously meet any application needs and offers a wide range of capabilities to all its users.

Network capabilities

The network platform is characterized by its capability to instantaneously meet any application needs by a range of capabilities

  • Network slicing
  • Security
  • Distributed cloud
  • Service exposure
  • Machine learning and AI
  • Automation

Network architecture domains

The network architecture needs to provide for various types of functionality and at the same time be able to deploy that functionality in different physical locations.

  • Access - Mobility - Network applications
    • Access
    • Packet core
    • Communication services
  • Cloud infrastructure
  • Management and Monetization
  • Transport
  • Application cloud

Network deployment

5G will need to coexist and interwork with 4G for many years to come. Initially, these deployments are non-stand-alone, to reduce time to market and ensure good coverage and mobility.

  • Wide area public network
  • Private networks
  • Automotive and road transport networks

Future network architecture

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