How to Drive Your Network Towards 5G

Jim Hodges, chief analyst of Heavy Reading, discusses how 5G changes require communications service providers (CoSPs) to consider new service offerings. This short video covers six steps to think about in planning for 5G.

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To really monetize 5G really requires that service providers look at how they provide services today, where they can provide them in the future, and then a lot that's going to be edge driven.

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Because 5G is really, as a cloud based technology, really kind of opens up and demands that service providers bring in new partners, third party application developers, platform vendors that can really bring openness and tools to the equation.

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5G slicing is really important because it provides us ability to take network resources AND apply them to certain applications, depending on what those application performance requirements are. For some, it will be low latency, for some it will be edge compute.

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It's not just a matter of moving services and applications to the cloud. It's having a core network on a complete network end to end, that's really application aware. So it's really, I think, a fundamental change in how service providers not only provision their service, but also how they run and monitor them as well.

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So one thing from a platform consideration that is really important is to be able to run in this hybrid configuration. Not just hybrid in terms of centralized and edge cloud, but also being able to run within existing networks as well because we give me a number of scenarios. We're not going to be moving to the cloud in a flash, but it can take years to evolve services. So being able to have platforms that can run and interface with existing networks is really an important part of all this to be able to provide the flexibility to manage and move services and workloads between existing networks and 5G cloud based networks.

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We talk a lot about automation in terms of being able to use automated processes, and that's going to be a huge part of this as well as we move forward because we'll have platforms that are going to be able to port low latency applications deployed anywhere in the cloud. And to be able to do that, they're going to have to be able to manage and have automated processes as well. So that's another requirement for platforms to be able to process these automated requests, and manage them, and to be able to basically execute software in kind of an automated environment.

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