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Service Providers Leverage Network Functionality to Expand 5G Value Plane with NEF and NWDAF



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Report Summary:

This White Paper describes how Communications Service Providers (CSPs) can leverage 5G Standalone (SA) network functionality not only for efficient, highly automated network operations, but also to expand new service revenue opportunities.

By building a ‘Business Bridge’ for monetization, CSPs can create significant service value to complement and compete with Hyperscale Cloud Providers (HCPs).

This report discusses how two specific 5G SA Network Functions:

  • Network Exposure Function (NEF)
  • Network Data Analytics Function (NWDAF)

can enhance four service categories to capture these opportunities:

  • Network slicing
  • Cloud enablers
  • Edge services
  • User configurable services

Report was sponsored by Openet Division of Amdocs who said it describes “How CSP’s can avoid becoming a Bit Pipe to the cloud”


Table of Contents

I. Introduction
   . Network based Priorities for Cloud Hyperscalers
   . High value Control Plane Enablers keep CSPs in the Cloud Hyperscaler value chain

II. 5G Control Plane Builds ‘Business Bridge’ from Network to Value

  • 5G Service Based Architecture creates new ways for CSPs to add Value
  • Critical for CSPs to add network based value to Hyperscaler Cloud Services
  • 5G Value Plane
  • Network Exposure Function (NEF) plays a critical role for 3rd Party Applications and Partners
  • Distributed Network Data Analytics Function (NWDAF) offers critical inputs for Enterprise Edge and Cloud

III. How Network Functions Enable Service Revenues for: Network Slicing, Cloud Enablers, Edge Services and User Configurable Services

  • Network Slicing
  • Cloud Enablers
  • Edge Services
  • User Configurable Services

IV. Opportunities for Services vary by User/Customer
      
IV.1 NEF Service Opportunities for four different Types of Users/Customers
      
IV.2 NWDAF Service Opportunities for four different Types of different Users/Customers

V. Summary of Business value of Selected Services by User/Customer Type

VI. Implications
   . 
Key ‘Take Aways’

References
Appendix A. Network Exposure Function (NEF) Description
Appendix B. Network Data Analytics Function (NWDAF) Description
Appendix C. Summary of Business Value Proposition for Operators, Enterprises, Hyperscalers and App. Developers


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