The term “network
virtualization” is becoming increasingly popular when talking about ways to
successfully implement the 5G networks of the future. With requirements for throughputs of up to 10 Gbps per subscriber and ultra-reliable latency of less than 5 milliseconds, 5G networks will undoubtedly rely
on network virtualization to manage spectrum and optimize Capex and Opex
efficiencies, while enhancing the user experience for each individual
about what network virtualization is, why it is important and ways to implement.
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What is network virtualization?
virtualization is the process of consolidating hardware and software resources
into a software-based, virtual network. Network virtualization is becoming increasingly
important as mobile network operators (MNOs) seek to effectively manage their
spectrum while maintaining their costs. Also, virtualization can benefit other
areas of their networks, such as by efficiently managing network architecture and
better regulating the quality of experience (QoE) for each individual
Why is network virtualization
important for 5G success?
virtualization will be especially important for 5G network success as mobile
network operators seek to find effective solutions to manage spectrum while
reducing costs. Virtual networks will allow for tremendous network efficiencies
and provide operators the ability to quickly deploy new services to their
What are some ways to achieve network
There are various
solutions that will help MNOs achieve 5G success through network
virtualization. Some of these solutions include:
- Centralized radio access networks (C-RANs) will provide lower latency
and will require less equipment on site by moving baseband processing in the DU
and CU from cell sites to a central location. In the future, C-RANs will
transition to cloud radio access networks (also C-RANs), which will offload the
BBU functions to commercial servers and greatly simplify network management
through virtualizing the radio itself.
- Cell virtualization will expand virtualization from the
core networks to the airways, enabling MNOs to maintain numerous radio points
within the footprint of a single cell, which will boost capacity through
reduction of intercell capacity.
- Network function virtualization (NFV)will enable MNOs to
better manage network infrastructure to simplify the rollout of new services.
- Network slicing,or virtual service instances, will
enable MNOs to customize the QoE for different customers even when sharing
common computing, storage or connectivity resources. Network slicing, along
with network functions virtualization (NFV) will make new services possible,
which will create top line growth.
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