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To realize the orchestration of 5G networks, operators needs to start their automation journey now. Ericsson presented the journey in 3 steps at SDN NFV World Congress – a network innovation conference in Europe for the global telecommunications industry.

The goal is to prepare the network for new services with high demand in terms of extremely low delay and extremely high capacity that will come with 5G such as virtual reality and closed loop control in automotive and manufacturing.

The steps of the journey

On the first step, the introduction of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) brings cost reduction, by getting rid of the dedicated hardware, and agility by launching an application faster.

On the second step, there is a mix of physical (PNF) and virtual network functions (VNF). The automation is taken to the service level, efficiency is increased, and more savings can be achieved in the datacenter.

On the third step, cloud native applications are added, enabling continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD), and the network spans to the edge. At this point operators can realize the full potential of the new services and address new revenues. It’s important to consider an orchestration solution that handles physical, virtual and container-based applications located either in private or public cloud.

How the journey aligns with the ecosystem

The alignment between open source initiatives and defined industry standards is also an important step on the realization of each step of the journey. Ericsson is a member of the Industry Specification Group for NFV and fully compliant with ETSI MANO covering NFV infrastructure, applications and network service management and orchestration. Besides that, Ericsson has been heavily contributing to ONAP on application-oriented service orchestration, such as the policy engine project, and leveraging open source on our products.

Start your journey now!

On the journey towards 5G networks, we can already now, with Dynamic Orchestration, automate deployment and service assurance by performing automated healing and scaling. Ericsson has acquired CENX to complement our portfolio by adding closed loop automation at the service level. This allows the network to take corrective actions based on policies, predict what is going to happen in the network based on analytics and provide insights-driven automation paving the way for self-driving networks.

Watch theTelecom TV video where Marton Sabli, head of Orchestration for Solution Area OSS, was interviewed about the automation journey towards 5G networks.

Read more about Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration.

Read more about CENX acquisition.

Read more about 5G networks

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Ana Freitas

Ana Freitas

Ana Freitas is Marketing Manager for Solution Area OSS in Ericsson Business Area Digital Services. She is active in marketing with SDN, NFV and distributed cloud following the evolution of physical networks into a multi-cloud environment and she is now exploring how orchestration will play a key role in network and service automation. Ana has 20+ years of experience in the Telecommunications industry within core, radio, transport and support systems and has experience within research, systems integration, operations, technical support, sales and marketing. Ana has a Master of Science in Optical Networks from University of Campinas and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Telecommunications in Brazil.