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Executive Summary - Going ‘Cloud Native’ will accelerate 5G services in 2020

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Report Summary:

As Communications Service Providers (CSPs) target 5G services they are beginning to discover the benefits of Service Based Architecture (SBA) and Cloud Native µicroservices for faster upgrades, flexible service creation and easier interoperability testing. Cloud native software puts CSPs on a path to fulfil the original 5G vision of becoming both highly customer responsive and profitable.

This Executive Summary provides an overview of the state of available cloud native capabilities. Proven independent smaller players that offer many of these capabilities are covered in the full report ‘Going ‘Cloud Native’ will accelerate 5G services in 2020 & 2021 - New and smaller proven players are ready now’

These include:

  • Affirmed Networks,
  • Mavenir
  • Metaswitch
  • Openwave Mobility (Enea)
  • Radisys.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Background: Network Function Virtualization (NFV) deployment has been slow

New service software has been hampered by monolithic Virtual Machines

If Multi-vendor Cloud Native software is essential – Who can deliver it?

  • Large infrastructure players – Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia – promoted Dual Mode5G NSA Core in 2019. More commercial launches planned in 2020
  • Cisco, HPE, NEC and ZTE looking to take a share of 5G Cloud Native software market7
  • Proven smaller players can now deliver interoperable VNFs and 5G Service Functions to fulfil the original CSP NFV vision

Small players that are ready for Cloud Native (See player details in Full Report)

  • Openwave Mobility - now an Enea company
  • Mavenir – a Siris Portfolio company
  • Metaswitch
  • Radisys – now a Reliance Industries company

Implications for CSP 5G Evolution today

  • Cloud Native Software Addresses 5G Challenges
  • Migration Path from 4G to 5G SA is actually easier
  • Smaller Providers can offer ‘Vendor Independent’ options for select Service Functions that are easy to test
  • Implications

Appendix A

5G SBA Architecture – Reference Design and frequently used abbreviations

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