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To be first in 5G, first get to the core network

The fifth generation of telecom networks provide the capabilities that will evolve existing industries and create new services. Yet to realize the full potential of 5G, today’s core networks will need to evolve into new eco-systems that foster service innovation.

IoT—it’s time to go big! Is your massive IoT core network ready?

What does ‘being ready for massive IoT’ mean for you as a service provider? How will today’s core network adapt to meet IoT needs, and what challenges will the introduction of vast numbers of ‘Things’ or devices and their behaviors bring?

Is 5G a Schrödinger's cat experiment?

During the last few years, 5G has become part of everyday conversation for those in the telecom and IT industries. No matter how much has been said and how many studies have been done on this new technology and its potential (and how much it is needed) to support the future of our societies, there is still a level of skepticism and questioning regarding why and when one should open the “5G box” and see what’s inside it. This reminds me of Schrödinger's cat experiment.

How to handle 5G migration successfully

There’s no doubt the evolution of 5G is gaining momentum. But migrating to 5G is a multi-faceted process, with many aspects to consider along the way. I recently had the opportunity to share my thoughts on 5G network evolution with Mobile World Live during Mobile World Congress, Shanghai. There, I gave my recommendations for operators who are looking to evolve from their current 4G Core network to 5G.

How many network slices are needed?

Looking into the crystal ball, where are we going with network slicing in one to five years from now? How to scale and how many network slices will there be? Network slicing needs to add value, so it’s important that the process lowers time to market, time to customer, and operational costs, as well as tailoring service characteristics such as delay or capacity, or meeting isolation requirements. Okay we all agree to that, but how is this done in practice and how many slices are needed?

Can VNFs match the performance of PNFs?

At some point before the procurement and sales teams give each other high fives for a technology purchase well negotiated, I always hope somebody had the courage to call in my favorite kind of techie: the ShowMe Skeptic. This guy or gal is never popular. Seldom gets invited to the party. That's because she warns you that you're about to make a mistake. But when you're about to ink a multi-million dollar deal, that last thing you want to hear is that you're about to make a mistake!

Ericsson reaching milestone of 100 commercial vEPC customers

It’s been a ride, from first customer trials in 2014, to the No. 1 position at the end of 2015, when we went live initially with virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) and launched mobile broadband capacity expansions with Softbank, to today when we reached 100 commercial vEPC customers. I think many of us in the NFV space have been thinking it’s been slow, but getting into 100 commercial customers shows that this has truly moved into the mainstream. It's time for some reflection and also for sharing what our latest customers are doing.

Why only digital service providers will reap the full potential of 5G

Digital leaders like Netflix, Google, Alibaba etc. are setting a new benchmark for how consumers and enterprises engage through digital ways and channels. Digital is becoming the norm and telco’s feel they desperately need to catch up. Today most operators have initiated digital transformation programs to move from a pure connectivity service provider to a digital service provider.

Tips for writing cloud-native VNF applications

To obtain the operational efficiency and business agility promised by cloud, telco applications need to be written so they run optimally on cloud environments. We have published an eBrief that gives you a few tips on writing telco-grade cloud-native applications for a virtual network functions infrastructure.

Ericsson continues to lead the top virtual EPC vendors

With recent Dell'Oro and GlobalData reports and news sharing; “Ericsson Maintains Top Ranking For Seventh Year Running”, “Ericsson Beats Huawei & Cisco as No. 1 NFV EPC Vendor”, "EPC market is booming, and Ericsson is leading it", “Ericsson ranked as the number one vendor”, at least I get curious to talk to Peo Lehto, Head of Product Line Packet Core within Business Area Digital Services, and get his reflections. Further down, don’t miss a complimentary copy of the GlobalData Ericsson virtual EPC, Product Assessment report.

All roads lead to 5G Core—but they offer different experiences

The modern economy is gravitating toward a platform economy, where collaboration and agility across verticals are key. The network evolution from EPC to 5G Core plays a central role in creating a powerful programmable network platform, capable of being exposed and automated, for operators to extract more value and become contributors in existing and emerging ecosystems.