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Mobile Core Transformations Will Determine the 5G Winners

Published: 05 July 2017

ID: G00320489

Analyst(s): Sylvain Fabre , Kosei Takiishi , Peter Liu , Ramesh Marimuthu


The 5G industry vision has been established. To launch 5G commercially before 2020, CSP technology strategic planners must ensure their mobile network infrastructure is ready. Mobile core is one of the critical network elements that require a significant upgrade to support 5G deployment.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Three Trends That Impact 5G

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Higher data rates and enormous capacity requirements in 5G demand CSP technology strategy planners implement mobile core infrastructure that is highly scalable and cost-efficient to operate
    • Cloud-Native Core Architecture
  • More mission-critical applications with ultrareliability and low-latency requirements in 5G require CSP technology strategy planners allocate more computing power of the mobile core to be hosted at the edge of the network
    • Distributed Cloud Core Architecture
  • Fulfilling the very diverse and extreme requirements of different use cases in 5G challenges today's "one-size-fits-all" network, and CSP technology planners need to introduce a "sliceable" network approach
    • Standardization in Network Slicing and Activities Around Network Slicing

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