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Transformation to SDN/NFV

5G is more than just a new radio interface—it’s a new network.

5G is more than simply a new radio interface. To support the scale of services and devices expected, the 3GPP has redesigned the network core to leverage SDN/ NFV technology to provide a scalable, agile infrastructure. Networks are expected to have hundreds of different network slices to manage everything from quality of service to traffic separation. SDN/NFV is also necessary to support mobile edge computing (MEC), essential for providing 1 ms round trip latency for extreme communications services.

Having the tools and visibility in place to support 5G rollouts by 2020 requires a new way of looking at service assurance and performance monitoring. Rather than part of the network infrastructure, these tools must be part of the service definition.

Suggested reading

White papers
Fronthaul to 5G needs a strong optical network (March 2, 2018)
White papers
How to Improve QoS and QoE with End-to-End Service Assurance in a Virtualized SDN/NFV Network (March 8, 2018)
White papers
Deliver superior quality of experience through accurate one-way delay assurance. (March 15, 2018)
White papers
Multi-dimensional analytics (April 6, 2018)
Case studies
Using real-time 3D analytics to help Canadian CSP meet SLA targets (March 15, 2018)
Blog
Overcoming C-RAN growing pains (September 18, 2017)
Blog
Challenges on the road to C-RAN adoption (September 18, 2017)
Blog
Beyond CPRI: planning for 5G fronthaul (May 2, 2019)
Blog
Performance assurance in LTE-A and 5G virtual and hybrid networks (September 18, 2017)
Promotional videos
Three UK teams up with EXFO to become the 1st mobile operator to run a full NFV network in Europe (August 30, 2018)