At a recent 5G panel discussion the audience was asked to raise their hand if they were looking forward to buying a 5G access point this year. Not a single hand went up.
The combination of edge computing, 5G RAN, and low latency will deliver a faster 5G experience.
NFV interoperability is stalled and may be causing operators to forego deploying NFV.
It may soon be unnecessary to backhaul traffic to the data center.
Next-generation applications will demand a new level of service assurance that can be delivered by third-party SDN technologies, married with monitoring and automation.
With higher traffic demands on the S/Gi-LAN in mobile networks, converged platforms will help reduce the costs of processing IP traffic.
While 5G standards or definitions don’t yet exist, it’s becoming clear that the technology has the chance to become a big driver of the network virtualization and software-defined networking (SDN) markets.