BT has inked a deal with Ericsson for the deployment of the Swedish vendor’s dual-mode 5G Core (Evolved Packet Core and 5G Core), a fully container-based, cloud native Mobile Packet Core for 4G, 5G Non-standalone and 5G Standalone services as a single fully integrated core. In a press release Ericsson noted that the solution, delivered on BT’s Network Cloud, will form a key component in the UK operator’s move to a single converged IP network. The upgrade will incorporate network orchestration and automation, including continuous delivery and integration processes (CI/CD), and be integrated into BT’s existing customer experience management platforms using Ericsson Expert Analytics together with ‘built-in software probes’. Ericsson also pointed out that its 5G Core should help BT create and deliver new services such as enhanced mobile broadband, network slicing, mobile edge computing, mission critical vertical industry support and advanced enterprise services.
Claiming ‘another milestone in the longstanding partnership between the two companies’, Howard Watson, CTIO of BT, was cited as saying: ‘Having evaluated different 5G Core vendors, we have selected Ericsson as the best option on the basis of both lab performance and future roadmap. We are looking forward to working together as we build out our converged 4G and 5G core network across the UK. An agile, cloud-native core infrastructure is at the heart of our ambition to enable the next generation of exciting 5G services for our customers and give the UK the world-class digital infrastructure it needs to win in the future global economy.’