5Qs on 5G: MycomOSI

The latest in our 5Qs on 5G series sees Sandeep Raina, Product Marketing Director explain how MYCOM OSI, a company that provides assurance and analytics within mobile networks, will fit into the 5G ecosystem.  Can you define where in 5G networks MYCOM OSI’s technology will play? As Communications Service Providers (CSPs) make the transition to digital service providers, with the help of big data analytics, cloud technologies, heterogeneous HSPA/LTE/WiFi/5G access and ultra-fast, agile service delivery capabilities, they must recognise that their operational environment…

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Ericsson slices up network slicing Proof of Concept

NTT DoCoMo said it had demonstrated a Network Slicing Proof of Concept, using commercial technology from Ericsson. The trial saw the operator design network slice and selection functions, with Ericsson’s performing the control and management of the slicing in the network. There wasn’t any further detail as to which elements were used, the architecture deployed, or indeed what slices were defined and created. Perhaps there will be more detail on offer at 5G World in London,where the companies say they will…

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5Qs on 5G: Red Hat

Our latest 5Qs on 5G comes from open source and virtualisation specialist Red Hat’s Chris Wright. Chris is Chief Technologist at Red Hat. Red Hat’s OpenStack-based NFV Infrastructure platform is used by the likes of Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia) for its CloudBand NFV solution. The company is also a member of open source projects for NFV and SDN such as the Open NFV project and Open Daylights. Here, Wright provides some open and thoughtful answers to questions that were intended to throw some light…

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5GIC details 5G architecture for context-centric networks

Architecture proposes new protocols to enable “always sufficient” user experience. 5G may require a “disruptive”, revolutionary cellular network architecture, according to a report released by the UK’s premier 5G research institute, 5GIC. 5GIC has outlined the capabilities of a new network architecture – termed the Flat Distributed Cloud (FDC) architecture – in a white paper released yesterday. The paper states that the new architecture is intended to provide the foundation for context-aware networks that provide a user experience that is…

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Telefonica, IMDEA to open Spain’s first 5G lab

Ericsson first vendor on board Spain is to get its first 5G lab, opening in November. The centre, called 5TONIC, was developed with the backing of  Telefónica and IMDEA Networks and the companies want it to be a place where actual real world, pragmatic tests can be undertaken It says this will make it “the first laboratory in Europe that proposes taking on such investigative processes from an eminently practical point of view” – although that might be disputed by the centres in…

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5G without borders: defining a European one stop shop for 5G infrastructure services

One of the promises of 5G is that it will bring about a transformation not just in network technology but in operator business models. Indeed the two are symbiotic: arguably 5G cannot happen without this transformation, and this transformation can only happen with 5G. One of the principal drivers of that transformation will be the ability to provide new service capabilities to enterprise “verticals”. And one of the principal drivers of those new service capabilities will be a network that can deliver…

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Ericsson looks to slice the cake for 5G

Sliced ‘networks on-demand’ are the answer to matching the increase in variety of resource-hungry 5G use cases – that’s according to a White Paper released today by Ericsson. The Swedish company estimates that ‘traffic volumes will be multiplied 1,000 times; 100 times more devices will require connectivity; some applications will demand data rates 100 times the speeds that average networks currently deliver’ to name just a few challenges, and are proposing that the concept of network slicing may become a critical…

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