Telecom Italia (TIM) and Ericsson say they are the first in Italy and among the first in the world to carry out a trial of a cloud-native 5G core network. The telco says the technology enables it to adopt solutions for advanced operational management of the network and implement a service-based software architecture in its next generation mobile network. TIM says the tests, carried out in a lab in Turin, verified procedures for monitoring and transmitting data traffic, defined by the international 3GPP standards, and the solutions for the automatic creation and configuration of network functions, for the automatic repair of faults, and for updating the core network on a live network. TIM launched limited 5G services in Rome and Turin in June this year. It expects to have 5G services available in 45-50 cities by end-2020 and around 100 cities and tourist resorts by 2021.