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5G Core Network Automation

Replace your automation silos with a holistic approach to reduce OPEX, speed new services to market, and get the business agility you need.

Comprehensive core network automation assures service performance for millions of users: people, devices, slices.

Communication service providers are adopting cloud deployment of their core networks as they begin to offer new 5G services. This is resulting in unprecedented opportunities to increase revenue, reduce costs, and speed new services to market – through core network automation.

As network implementations move to software modules hosted on cloud, automation coupled with AI becomes a critical component of network design and operations. Silos of isolated automation scripts driving network element EMSs are giving way to fully connected automation systems, that deliver a network that adapts to business requirements.

Nokia’s comprehensive portfolio of products offer automation at all stages – as part of our CI/CD services, exposed through core network software APIs, and provided intrinsically by the cloud infrastructure. We support new breakthrough CSP best practices for modular roll-outs; small projects that have clear business returns and then cascading toward larger scale full automation driven by business needs.

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What are the benefits of 5G Core (5GC) automation?

The game has changed. Practically speaking, 5G technology requires communication service providers to adopt cloud technology with automation frameworks. Automation has been in use for decades in telecom networks, but typically only for isolated operational cost reductions. With the introduction of 5G, the nature of automation changes.

5G is different from its predecessors because it includes technology advancements that rely completely on automation in order to function. It has capabilities such as massive machine to machine communications that vastly increase the number of endpoints to manage. It includes SLA delivery models that require automation because the number of variables is beyond human capability to manage. And it supports network slicing, where automation becomes key in managing common resources for which many slices may contend.

But regardless of whether the network is 5G, 4G, or 3G, the benefits are clear.

Operate Efficiently

Reduce costs with zero-touch lifecycle management and much finer control of network functions

Optimize in real time with elastic scaling taking that grows and shrinks based on workload

Diversify effectively

Accelerate service launches with intelligent network workflows and CI/CD that extends through operations

Gain service agility by rapidly deploying new services and industry vertical use cases

Deliver quality

Discover stability with continuous proactive testing, fault finding, and self-healing

Reduce outages with automated configuration, reducing the human error

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How can I automate my network?

Executive Brief: 5G core automation

5G presents many opportunities that cannot be achieved without extensive network automation. Going beyond what Communications Service Providers (CSPs) have achieved to date requires the industry to adopt the web-scale cloud approach to software architecture and deployment. This is the next big technology change facing CSPs.

Accordingly, Nokia has invested in redesigning its network products, including its own 4G and 5G core networks, to create robust network functions that unlock the full potential of 5G through network automation.

On-Demand Webinar: The telecom paradigm shift needed for 5G automation

5G deployment presents enormous opportunities but taking advantage of them requires software automation techniques like those used by hyperscaler cloud providers. This is a major paradigm shift for the telecom industry, and one that presents the next big technology change.

In this webinar, three experts representing the industry viewpoint, the 5G strategic vision, and the development reality discuss the topic and explore some of the deep questions that service providers will ask about navigating this change and creating real business value.

5G core network automation use cases

There are many use cases that demonstrate the value of 5G Core network automation to the communication service providers. These range from CI/CD to network slice creation and validation. Nearly every aspect of operations can benefit from some form of automation.

Click at right to explore five important use cases where automation provides value to the operator. We explain a problem to be solved, how automation addresses it, and what the benefits to the CSP are.

The paradigm shift needed to enable 5G automation

The service provider market is being disrupted through competition, cloud technology, and with 5G – because it requires a major infrastructure update. And surprisingly, 5G adoption has as much impact on the network core as on the radio. To truly achieve the benefits of 5G and make use of automation and AI, service providers have to abandon the traditional network-centric telco mindset and move into a webscale cloud mindset.

Once they do, closed loop automation and artificial intelligence become useful tools to reduce OPEX, increase service agility, and guarantee network reliability. This is a paradigm shift that has consequences. This is the paradigm shift service providers must make to survive.

Video: The paradigm shift needed to enable 5G automation

Automation in the 5G Core (5GC)

Previously, mobile core and telco cloud were automated only for the sake of reducing costs, using an network element (telco) approach. This created disconnected islands of automation – essentially scripts that manipulated the element management systems.

With the introduction of the 5G architecture and webscale cloud techniques, the automation equation changes, allowing for exposure of automation elements to each other via APIs, and therefore the creation of closed-loops with feedback to create an automation framework. AI/ML can be used to achieve further benefits, such as automated avoidance of predicted faults.

CI/CD DevOps and DelOps

Unlike Webscale’s and IT’s relatively narrow environments, CSPs have a much broader environment in which to apply CI/CD, such as multiple domains, third-party software, and variation in cloud platforms. DelOps is Nokia’s unique approach to realizing benefits of DevOps-style iterative software development and delivery, but in a manger that is specific to the telecommunications environment. DelOps is DevOps reimagined by Nokia to deal with the complexity of the CSP’s environment. It focuses on what makes CI/CD different for CSPs, which is the delivery and operational stages — thus DelOps. It is open for use with CI/CD frameworks coming from Nokia, the CSP’s own developed framework, or third-party frameworks.

Read our white paper on innovating and executing with a simplified 5G core, and find out why Nokia’s 5G core is done right, done now, and made real.

Why choose Nokia for 5G Core automation?

All of Nokia’s core network products can be deployed as physical network functions, virtual network functions (VNFs) in an ETSI MANO NFV environment, or as cloud-native network functions (CNFs) on a webscale cloud infrastructure. That means we can help you achieve your business agility goals no matter where you are in your cloud journey - today.

Read our white paper on innovating and executing with a simplified 5G core, and find out why Nokia’s 5G core is done right, done now, and made real.