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5G OI Lab, F5, GXC, Spirent join forces to boost private mobile network performance in hard-to-reach areas

5G OI Lab, F5, GXC, Spirent join forces to boost private mobile network performance in hard-to-reach areas

The 5G Open Innovation Lab (5G OI Lab) and its partners F5, GXC and Spirent Communications recently collaborated to demonstrate a Private Mobile Network (PMN) solution. The companies say the PMNs purpose was to bring PMNs to difficult-to-access areas while providing enhanced control, security, resilience and reduced operating costs.

According to the companies, with 5G increasing in popularity, businesses are deploying more telco clouds and private networks in specific areas to benefit from greater speed, connectivity and flexibility. Private Mobile Networks (PMNs) provide a steady level of throughput and capacity suitable for use cases like IoT and network slicing, the companies say.

F5, a multi-cloud and hybrid application services and security company, deployed BIG-IP virtual editions to provide hybrid and multi-cloud application services and security. This solution has been consolidated with an N6/SGi-LAN deployment to increase network speed and security. The integration of firewall, DDoS, secure DNS, CGNAT, TCP and video optimization in the N6 configuration is already being used by leading Tier 1 providers, company executives say.

Meanwhile, GXC, as part of the 5G OI Lab ecosystem, collaborated with Spirent to validate its distributed mesh configuration for private network deployment. This was done using Spirent’s Landslide test and emulation platform, which enabled device and RAN emulation to create a range of traffic flows through the 5G core. F5 was used to monitor and manage the UPF for providing UE QoS, network slice management and multi-application monitoring at scale. This collaboration demonstrated the benefits of a packet core and N6 LAN solution working in tandem in a production environment.

The solution underwent a pressure test using technology from the 5G OI Lab and its partners, which GXC’s ONYX Portal facilitated.

Regarding how the solution works, the companies note that F5’s BIG-IP virtual editions will optimize traffic between the 5GC and content network, providing end-to-end visibility of user activity and protection against unwanted traffic. Meanwhile, Spirent’s Landslide AMF Nodal application will bring real-world traffic modeling into the 5G OI Lab to simulate 5G Mobile subscribers and access nodes. According to the companies, this simulation allows for a realistic distribution of traffic flows across slices, DNNs and emulated content servers supported by the core.

In March, 5G OI Lab welcomed e&, a telecommunications company, to join its ecosystem.

E& Group, previously known as Etisalat Telecommunications Group, focuses on technology and investment. It operates in 16 countries across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa and claims to serve 159 million customers daily.

At the same time, the 5G Open Innovation Lab also announced that an additional 14 new startups joined its open ecosystem, bringing the total number of participating companies to 101.

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