San Jose, US-based vendor Cisco has announced the successful completion of a proof of concept (PoC) with KDDI (au) to build out the Japanese operator’s 5G standalone (SA) network. As part of the trial, Cisco demonstrated ‘the benefits of cloud native software with the Cisco Ultra Packet Core platform, which is the heart of service creation’. The vendor said the solution works alongside network slicing and NFV technologies, and provides ‘automation via the Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) to support specific consumer and enterprise customer use cases’. Using the Cisco 5G SA network will allow KDDI to ‘strengthen its 5G business advantage to drive new revenue opportunities with consumer and enterprise customers’.
Commenting, Jonathan Davidson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Service Provider Business, said: ‘Service creation is critical, and the mobile core is the service creation platform. One of the most important decisions to get right in 5G is the cloud-native core. KDDI is seeing the true benefits of this uniquely designed 4G to 5G evolution strategy that emphasises agile, business-critical, service creation first. Through our close collaboration on this concept project, we are helping KDDI to define its path to launch commercial 5G services in 2020.’