Ericsson and Japanese communications service provider KDDI (au) have successfully demonstrated cloud-native Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline delivery for the latter’s standalone (SA) 5G core network – claiming ‘a breakthrough in delivering software features speedily and efficiently’. In a press release, the Swedish vendor said that its ‘container-based technology enables automatic deployment of new software and functionalities, while maintaining the high quality and availability of the 5G core network’. Ericsson went on to note that the pair have teamed up ‘to create a cross-organisational end-to-end 5G CI/CD pipeline – moving from native to virtualised and cloud-native network functions. The pipeline seamlessly deploys software from Ericsson’s product development units into KDDI’s environment without human intervention.’
The update follows the recent announcement from KDDI that, working with Nokia, it has recently completed a 5G core SA network trial, moving it closer to being able to provide 5G-enabled services. The standalone trial used Nokia’s 5G AirGile cloud-native core solution and was conducted ‘entirely independently of previous generations’ mobile network architecture’.