The Metaswitch Access Gateway Function (AGF) solution has been successfully tested by Vodafone Group labs in the UK to demonstrate the world’s first implementation of the 5G Wireless Wireline Convergence (WWC) AGF standard. Taking full advantage of the automation capabilities of Kubernetes and Helm, the trial system was deployed in Vodafone Labs entirely remotely and has successfully demonstrated the attachment of standard fixed network residential gateways (FN-RG) to the 5G packet core, with mapping between wireline broadband and 5G authentication, authorization and session establishment procedures performed in the AGF.
Part of our 5G Fusion Core product suite, the AGF is a true cloud native solution built from scratch using microservices methodologies and deployed entirely within containers. This ensures strong performance and network deployment flexibility for service providers. The AGF complements our Fusion Core User Plane Function (UPF) and is supported by our portfolio of Service Based Architecture (SBA) functions. These include not only the 5G core control plane components but application, service and subscriber management elements.