Telefonica-led project proposes cost-effective private 5G solution

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Telefonica has run a private 5G network trial to determine how the economics of private networks can be made more affordable for organisations.

The Telecom Infra Project – which Telefonica leads – has proposed a solution for a scalable and cost-effective private 5G network based on the trial.

As part of the trial, the group used a cloud-native platform designed to support virtual and containerised networks.

Rakuten Symphony, the telecoms innovation arm of Rakuten, provided its Symworld Orchestrator and Symworld Cloud Native Platform for testing multiple deployments both in the cloud and at the edge.

By expanding connectivity across client’s cloud and edge networks, the solution creates a cost-effective hybrid cloud environment.

Subha Shrinivasan, VP of customer success at Rakuten Symphony’s Unified Cloud BU, said: “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.”

The trial used an open-source 5G core to distribute control and user functions across the cloud and edge.

During testing, the project took advantage of an automated toolchain for installing and testing software on top of the infrastructure.

IT firm Tech Mahindra was responsible for integrating open-source tools into workflows as part of the component repository.

The automation tool was then used for service orchestration, artifact management, and release management. It also automated processes such as OS and cluster onboarding.

TIP believes its proposed solution meets enterprise needs for cost-effective and automated delivery of private network services.

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