Meeting 5G objectives demands a fierce commitment to rapidly deploying a complete cloud native core. Establishing a plan which facilitates a rapid migration to this next generation infrastructure is critical for achieving optimal performance and realizing 5G’s primary business goals of delivering innovative new low-cost services. Only Metaswitch can deliver the highest performance programmable user plane functions, a proven path from 4G and the granular automation required to make 5G a reality.
The evolution of mobile network infrastructures made a significant advancement with the introduction of 5G standards. Starting with a vision of communications in the year 2020 and beyond, 5G embodies the potential for a totally connected world which can enhance the lives of individuals while propelling industries and communities into a new era of innovation.
With the promise of meeting the insatiable demand for mobile bandwidth and providing an alternative to costly fixed line broadband, 5G New Radio (5GNR) deployments have already commenced, straining the existing core components to provide the required capacity. Upgrading the EPC user plane to support 5GNR prolongs the life of legacy network functions but early 5G Core (5GC) alternatives have lacked critical cloud native design principals or the packet processing throughput, programmability and flexibility required to be widely deployed. Without a clear path to addressing these issues, operators are left to continue 4G investments while contemplating the possibility of operating a highly-inefficient dual-core network.
Without a primary 5GC supporting the backbone for all traffic, the inherent cost savings derived from the ability to deploy highly automated, distributed, cloud native network functions cannot be realized. Furthermore, the inability to efficiently deliver new services and network slices negates the opportunity for deriving new revenue streams from the implementation of expensive radio access technologies. This includes the expectations of the ITU-T’s IMT-2020 vision for 5G, which covers support for enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) and massive machine type communications (mMTC) in support of applications ranging from personal augmented reality to industrial automation and smart cities.
As recognized pioneers in cloudification, Metaswitch has a deep understanding of what it takes to deliver cloud network functions (CNFs) with superior performance, scalability and resiliency. This requires expertise in the areas of microservices development platforms and design patterns, highly distributed state maintenance, advanced data plane acceleration plus modern orchestration models. This is particularly critical when developing 5G core components, which will be some of the first network elements to be exclusively deployed in public, private or hybrid multiservice edge compute (MEC) clouds.