Why Virtualization is Critical to 5G

Why Virtualization is Critical to 5G

5G opens up a new world to operators. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, 5G subscriptions are forecast to reach 2.8 billion globally by the end of 2025  while GSMA Intelligence forecasts that total IoT connections will double between 2019 and 2025, reaching 24 billion. But what do MNOs need to get ready for the opportunities from 5G? How do transport networks need to adapt and evolve?

We know that routing is essential, but it needs to have better performance and new features in the 5G era. First, higher bandwidth levels will be needed (for rising traffic levels and more connected devices and machines) and lower latency (to properly deliver critical applications). It will also need to support virtualization, utilizing software and the cloud to deliver 5G services affordably and at scale. These are some of the key requirements of the 5G service edge, which call for new network architectures.

So, how do you meet these challenges? What is needed to design and build a robust, modern transport network? In our new whitepaper, The Future is Virtual, we explain why for routing in 5G transport networks, virtualization will be the key to success. We’ll discuss the critical role that virtualization plays in 5G delivery, and how routing needs to (and can) elevate its virtualization capabilities. It also covers how software and the cloud will play a critical role in deploying 5G services – at scale, and in an economical manner.

In addition, we look ways that traffic can be properly managed to meet service level requirements for application like RAN sharing and network slicing, as well as ASIC-based white box switches. And we cover important standards like Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) and how network operators can bring computing resources closer to cell towers.

Our whitepaper explores eight important drivers and trends that will shape how 5G transport networks will be built. Click here to find out what these eight trends are and the roadmap to building a high-capacity 5G transport network.