Open source is making an impact on the software layer of 5G networks, but the vision for open source networking is much more grandiose.
Behind the scenes, Verizon engineers have been preparing for 5G by migrating network core and edge processing functions from the physical world to the virtual world for about three years now.
The 5G PCF platform acts as the policy management function of the 5G control plane. It’s also one of the 5G core network elements providing quality of service and network policies.
Mobile service providers stand to benefit from the growing promise of network slicing, but many are not taking full advantage of the opportunity.
Verizon is a CENX customer. CENX employees, including new CEO Edward Kennedy, will become part of Ericsson when the deal closes this quarter.
AT&T said it will still use its own cloud-based connectivity platform but it will work with WING so IoT customers have a single portal to manage their devices.
The carrier sees an addressable market of some 30 million homes for its fixed 5G service plans, but it will also support slices for mobile and enterprise services.
5G trials from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Waco, Texas, have helped the company fine-tune its commercial deployment plans.
Intel seems to be involved in just about every vRAN group and partnership out there.
Virtualizing the RAN is a lofty goal.
Containers are also part of the equation in support of microservices and use cases.
Public safety groups may benefit from slicing functionality.
The updates target expected 5G use cases and network slicing.
Verizon’s Vestberg describes fixed 5G as just a “slice” of the company’s bigger 5G plan.
Key components include network slicing management and container architecture.