01 Jul 2021
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NEC and Netcracker deploy 5G Core and full-stack Digital BSS/OSS on AWS

By Ryan Morris-Reade

NEC Corporation and Netcracker have deployed a 5G Core and full-stack Digital BSS/OSS on Amazon Web Services.

The new deployment is designed to orchestrate and automate 5G digital services. And will be displayed at the AWS Virtual Village during Mobile World Congress.

In the demonstration, NEC will deploy its 5G Core control plane on an AWS Region and its 5G UPF on an AWS Outposts’ edge location. AWS Outposts is a fully managed service that offers the same AWS infrastructure, AWS services, APIs, and tools to almost any data centre, co-location space, or on-premises facility for a consistent hybrid experience.

The edge location is connected to the AWS Local Zone, where applications are hosted. 5G services and network slices can be ordered on-demand from Netcracker’s Digital Marketplace. Its orchestration systems dynamically place the 5G workloads and applications in the appropriate AWS Local Zone.

NEC says this setup guarantees the very low latency and very high data capacity necessary for services such as interactive media traffic.

“NEC has deployed its 4G and 5G Mobile Core Solution on AWS for the commercial services of multiple service providers in Japan,” says NEC global VP of product management, 5G products, Patrick Lopez.

“Our Core and its associated orchestration products allow us to provide sophisticated capabilities, such as end-to-end slicing, ultra-low latency, and multi-cloud deployment options, which are key to realise the promises of 5G monetisation.”

NEC and Netcracker can run their applications on private or public cloud environments (on premises, edge, or centralised). They also utilise advanced technologies, such as network slicing, multi-access edge computing, control, and user plane separation.

NEC’s 5G Core was instantiated using Netcracker’s Core Domain Orchestration solution. That combines network and service orchestration, digital OSS, and AI analytics to automate full lifecycle management and monitoring, including scale-up and scale-down operations, across distributed AWS Regions and AWS Zones.

“Netcracker is helping service providers leverage the power of cloud-native software and distributed AWS environments to deliver an exciting range of new B2X 5G services,” says Netcracker CTO, Bob Titus.

“With our Orchestration and Digital BSS/OSS systems, service providers can automate networks and services across all network and cloud domains and monetise the network in innovative new ways.”

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