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The fifth generation of mobile networks, commonly known as 5G, holds a lot of promise. 4G and LTE enabled usable mobile broadband services, and now 5G is expected to bring new use cases and business models for consumers, businesses, and the industry. Plus 5G will lay the foundation for adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) everywhere.
However, to roll out 5G successfully requires more than just upgrading the radio access networks (RAN). The overall carrier infrastructure needs to be upgraded to support the diversity of devices and applications that are coming online. As a result, to achieve the capacity and scale required, CSPs are turning to the adoption of cloud data center innovation both adapted and re-developed for carrier networks.
Virtualization, software-defined infrastructure, cloud-native computing technologies in the form of network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), multi-access edge computing (MEC), containers and micro-services architectures will have significant roles to play in 5G infrastructure upgrades.
AvidThink (formerly SDxCentral Research) has put together a research brief that explains the infrastructure changes required, and the role that software-defined and cloud-native technologies will play in the 5G world, including supporting network slicing. The brief also discussed the importance and development of services-based architecture (SBA), an approach that promises to bring data center technologies like micros-service architectures and containers into 5G foundations.
To learn more about these foundational technologies and the importance of SBA download a copy of this research brief today.