The Telecom Infra Project believes that adopting private 5G networks is expensive for most organizations to implement and maintain. Consequently, the Telecom Infra Project 5G Private Networks solution group conducted a trial to show how private network economics can transform with innovation. Chaired by Telefonica, the group produced a blueprint for a cost-effective and scalable private 5G network.
As part of the private 5G network trial, the group adopted a cloud-native platform to support virtualized and containerized networks. Rakuten Symphony provided its Symworld Orchestrator and Symworld Cloud Native Platform to deploy multiple clusters in the cloud and at the edge. The solution extends connectivity across the customer’s edge and cloud network to create a hybrid cloud environment.
“We are delighted that Symworld Cloud platform has been an integral part of the TIP 5G Private Network solution blueprint to demonstrate highly efficient and automated cloud-native deployment, lifecycle management and orchestration solution that transforms private 5G rollout and management for the edge,” said Subha Shrinivasan, VP of customer success at the Unified Cloud BU, Rakuten Symphony.
The trial used an open-source, disaggregated 5G NSA (non-standalone) core to support separating the control and user plane functions across the cloud and edge. NTT Data integrated the OMEC core into the hybrid edge and cloud architecture and validated the integration.
The group used an open-source automation toolchain to install, configure, test and operate software components as well as the infrastructure. Tech Mahindra handled integrating open-source tools into workflows that orchestrate the component repository. Meanwhile, the automation tool took care of artifact management, release management, service orchestration, and test and log management. It also automated processes like OS and cluster onboarding.
According to TIP’s 5G Private Network solutions group, its blueprint satisfies enterprise requirements for cost-effective and automated delivery of private network services.
Some of its features include:
- On-premise dedicated 5G connectivity: The group believes this feature is necessary to enable high levels of network availability, allow for a higher density of connected devices and improve throughput connectivity in the uplink.
- On-premise edge computing resources: Organizations can fulfill their need for low latency, high bandwidth, location accuracy, data sovereignty, privacy and data ownership by having on-premise computing resources.
- Automated software lifecycle management: Automated tools, which require no on-site or manual intervention, make up a meaningful portion of the total expenditure for private networks.
- Centralized management platform: A single management platform for all distributed customer sites improves the operational efficiency of the engineering and product teams.
- Software and hardware disaggregation: Disaggregation allows enterprises to have transparent and optimized license fees and equipment costs through open-source tools and commodity hardware.
TIP was founded in 2016 to bring together diverse companies that work with technology and connectivity. Its members include service providers, tech partners, systems integrators, and other stakeholders. According to TIP, they design, test and deploy cost-effective solutions that leverage open standards to deliver high-quality connectivity.
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