Huawei unveils industry’s first claimed fully containerised 5G core network

Huawei has unveiled what it described as an industry-first fully containerised 5G core network at the 5G Core Summit in Madrid.

The network aims to apply container technology to all network functions (NFs) to make network deployment more agile and provide more rapid service rollout, which helps carriers empower new businesses and operations across industries and digitally transform them.

Huawei has adopted cloud-native in network function virtualisation-based core networks to realise stateless design, cross-DC deployment, A/B test, and other innovative technologies. The Chinese telecom manufacturer also revealed the world’s first 5G core network based on microservice-centric architecture (MCA), which supports 2G/3G/4G/5G NSA/5G SA network access.

The company has signed more than 50 5G-based commercial contracts across the world and it assists telecom carriers to achieve a head start for 5G deployment and deliver ultimate user experience. 

In mid-September, Ericsson and Qualcomm successfully completed a new 5G milestone that was conducted in the Swedish telecom firm’s lab. During this testing period, commercial Ericsson Radio System base stations were used, along with Ericsson standalone New Radio (NR) software and Ericsson’s 5G Cloud Core solution with a mobile smartphone form-factor test device that was powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System.

Last week the US pledged $1 billion for rural mobile networks to replace Chinese telecoms equipment in the country. European nations are still debating whether to follow the US’ lead, but concerns about cost are a factor. In early 2019, Huawei funded an analysis that calculated the cost of removing Chinese telecoms equipment from Europe would be as high as $62bn.

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