Ericsson has announced it is partnering with South Korea’s SK Telecom (SKT) to support 5G Standalone (SA) networks through the deployment of cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core on its Cloud Native Infrastructure (CNIS). In a press release regarding the development, the Swedish vendor said that, having previously unveiled next-generation cloud-native 5G Core networks technology, architecture, implementation and operations plans with SKT back in March 2019, this latest cooperation builds on that partnership.
The gear maker’s cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core combines evolved packet core (EPC) and 5G Core network functions into a common cloud-native platform for efficient total cost of ownership and smooth migration to 5G. According to the vendor, it is an evolution of a powerful virtualised portfolio, designed for cloud-native deployment, comprising Ericsson Cloud Packet Core products. Meanwhile, Ericsson CNIS is said to make network deployments and operations simpler, by removing the virtualisation layer from the cloud stack reportedly to achieve greater efficiency and improved automation and performance. The solution is scalable across central and edge locations, supporting a vast number of 5G services and use cases.