Unleash the full power of 5G with 5G Core
The fifth generation (5G) of cellular networks has given us improved connectivity, low latency and greater bandwidth to pave the way for unprecedented opportunities for industries and society. It is the platform that enables Communications Service Providers (CPS) to thrive and achieve new milestones in an increasingly competitive ecosystem.
In 2021, more service providers have launched and enabled 5G networks, but many are still waiting to see its true potential so they can grow their revenue with agility and speed. While each CSP’s strategy is unique, the evolution from 4G networks to 5G networks requires a transformative perspective. It is not enough to replicate a 4G network with newer technology. Building 5G is fundamentally different from how networks have traditionally been built with previous generations.
Without one 5G coreAdvanced5G use casesandssuch as augmented reality multiplayer games or virtual factory maintenance, will never materialize.
Innovate with autonomous 5G
Today, many CSPs begin their journey to 5G with a non-standalone architecture (NSA), which uses existing 4G LTE radio access to support new 5G services. However, this approach has made it difficult to unlock the full potential of 5G, as the 4G network architecture is unable to meet the expectations of mobile networks needed to meet the demands of new applications emerging today with the business and industry business opportunities. While technology still plays a vital role in our daily lives, it comes with some limitations for CSPs looking to step into the future promised to them with 5G.
The transition to a 5G standalone (SA) network not only evolves the existing network in place today, but also upgrades it so that transformative elements can be introduced for new business opportunities or vertical needs. The technology enables service providers to simplify their planning and execution process and connect faster to 5G.
The 5G SA architecture will create a truly futuristic ecosystem as it is the basis for achieving 5G maturity with 5G Core.
Seize real opportunities with a scalable network architecture
Many CSPs are familiar with 5G Core, but are hesitant on how to extend its capabilities beyond simply upgrading their existing networks, providing security and reducing operational complexities and costs.
To put it simply, 5G Core is not in place yet. Beyond organizing a CSP network, it’s essential to unlock new services in dedicated and private networks, the Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing – services in manufacturing, gaming, transportation, to name a few that will give CSPs a competitive edge. These new opportunities will be easier to manage and can be launched quickly to test market demand and acceptance. And with that, decisions can be made just as easily, whether to expand these new service offerings or phase them out.
With 5G Core, service providers will also have the ability to customize services through network slicing based on customer needs for full programmability. They will be able to provide better slicing and offer end-to-end Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to customers. Network slicing allows CSPs to take a single end-to-end physical network and slice it into virtual slices so that different customers receive dedicated resources based on their needs. Network slicing also complements the use of public and private networks.
Deploying 5G Core has several other benefits, but the main benefit is that the software platform should be the target network architecture for carriers looking to capitalize on the promise of 5G.
A fundamental element of 5G networks
CSPs committed to seizing new opportunities on their digital transformation journey should consider 5G Core as the key to unlocking that door. From enhanced end-user experiences and enhanced network capabilities to simplified operations and service agility, the 5G core is the heart of a 5G network. And with SA technology, it’s what will enable service providers to create the most innovative use cases and services, such as network slicing, that will disrupt the way we see the world.
You want to know more about Vodafone and Ericssonthe future of 5G in Germany with standalone 5G and native 5G in the cloud?