5G network transformation

5G Americas

The evolution of the 5G New Radio and Next Generation Core is a major driver for innovation. By introducing three new improved characteristics - low latency, distribution, and through-put - new business opportunities are able to be addressed. 3GPP is the main standards body where 5G is being addressed with Release 15 with expected completion in May of 2018. As standards evolve, 5G technology will transform networks and operations in new ways. Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) is one area in which technology and operational models will change.

Automation and orchestration will transform how networks of the future are built and operated. Network transformation will happen through large scale adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), orchestration of network services, and automated network management. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and adoption of new 5G technologies will transform network operation models and business economics leading to the creation of widely distributed, highly dense, high bandwidth mobile networks. Use cases like immersive Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality (AR/VR) and Autonomous Driving can change how humans consume and interact with technology. These new use cases and other emerging use cases will alter consumption patterns and lead to the creation of new services and new revenue opportunities for carriers.

In this paper, some of the emerging use cases, standardization, architecture and technology advancements with the fifth generation of mobile networks are explained.

This paper originally appeared on 5G Americas website

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