Embedding Automation in Impeding 5G Core Deployments and Operations

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By Don Alusha | 2Q 2020 | IN-5824


A Complex Telco Ecosystem


The industry is going through a transformation with an eye to modernize networks and underlying supporting infrastructure. A big part of the transformation is driven by the need to both lower the cost of operations and gain agility and flexibility. For example, the impending rollout of 5G core networks ensures that Communications Service Providers (CSPs) can support the load and diversity that new (enterprise) use cases are going to introduce. Ultimately and inevitably, the transformation in question will introduce increased digitization in telco operations, in turn creating more interfaces and processes and, by extension, complexity. The continued shift to virtualized networks and containerized network elements only exacerbates that complexity.

Virtualization, cloud-edges, and containerized 5G core deployments will create and require hybrid networks that cannot be managed with today’s automation solutions. The radio and core networks of today are largely supported by a basic automation model (mechanization) that is anchored on siloed and manual operational procedures. This is insuff…

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