5G is expected to be the platform that delivers the much-needed ubiquity, low latency and agility required by CSPs to thrive in an increasingly dynamic ecosystem. A full 5G core will bring much-needed benefits, such as:
It’s important that CSPs avoid thinking of 5G as just another “G,” as it will truly be an ecosystem in which they can bring together the mobile connectivity, service/device management, and monetization expertise that is the heart of what they have to offer. The combination of their unique capabilities and resources with vertical-specific applications will yield highly customized innovations related to Smart Cities, Healthcare, Smart Homes, Industry Automation and Finance.
Because 5G introduces a number of innovative and disruptive networking paradigms—many of which had not been applied to mobile networks in the past— the one-size-fits-all approach to network infrastructure will no longer work. Instead, 5G will bring a service-based architecture, IT-centric cloud services, and unprecedented ability to personalize network “slices” so that specific requirements of industry-vertical applications can better match the needs of targeted customer segments.
CSPs will be more empowered to rapidly launch and evolve custom-fit network slices-as-a-service, and at lower capital and operating costs. There will be plenty of opportunity for new revenue-generating, customized digital business services.
How to Get There?
If the 5G Next Generation Core and the 5G New Radio is the main destination, CSPs will indeed take different migration paths to get to their desired destination. Unlike previous generations of core and radio access technologies, 5G makes it possible to integrate elements of different generations into different configurations. Because of that, several options become available for evolving to 5G. And as if the industry doesn’t have enough acronyms, here are a few more important ones to add to your list: non-standalone and standalone deployment options 2, 3x, 4a, 7x (see Figure 1, below)
Figure 1: 4G and 5G Deployment Options (Source GSMA)
To learn more about these options and how to create a path of evolution to your specific needs, read our new white paper "5G Core: How to Get There" and our new slideshare "The Evolution from 4G to 5G: Smart Steps for a Successful Network Migration."
November 6, 2018
5G Core: How to Get There
Speaker: Dan Bantukul, Office of the CTO
CSPs should carefully consider the practicality of different options across many variables, including: fulfilling the requirements of their intended initial use cases; the interoperability and interworking of these options with the rest of their network. Join us as we kick off the 5G series!
November 27, 2018
The Potential of Network Slicing in 5G
Speakers: Todd Spraggins, Oracle Communications Office of the CTO
Dimitris Mavrakis, ABI Research, Research Director
Gone is the one-size-fits-all approach to network infrastructure, as 5G brings a service-based architecture, IT-centric cloud services, and an exciting new ability to personalize network 'slices.' Join us as we discuss the new market opportunities 5G network slicing enables for CSPs.
January 22, 2018
5G and Cloud, Accelerating New Growth Opportunities for Operators
Speaker: Eric McMurry, Office of the CTO
The future belongs to service providers that can capture the trillions of dollars in digital service opportunities unleashed by the merging of 5G, Cloud and IT networking technologies. Join us as we discuss how Operators can deliver dynamic and intelligent vertical industry applications and play a bigger role in the 5G smart ecosystem.