Enea extends 5G Core to manage 4G network data

Enea extends 5G Core to manage 4G network data

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By Nick Flaherty

Swedish software developer has Enea has developed the first virtualized data schema that can map 4G as well as 5G data models into a single customizable view from the 5G Core to the edge

As private cellular networks become increasingly popular for industrial applications, being able to mix and match 4G and 5G technology gives operators more flexibility and prevents ’lock in’ to single vendor implementations.

Enea’s open standard virtual schema based on 3GPP guidelines and the data path allowing operators to manage and control both 5G and 4G data in edge computing, network slicing and IoT while working with 4G systems and the 5G Core.

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“Data is at heart of 5G, and operators need genuine agility to maximize their potential” said Roland Steiner, Senior Vice President for Telecoms, Enea “But network providers have struggled to manage 4G and 5G data on their own terms. Our virtualized 5G core data management solution gives ownership of data back to operators so they can take back control of their data and their network.”

Unlike Service Based Architecture (SBA) in the 5G Core, 4G lacks the standards that separate data and functions. The virtual schema works with the Stratum Network Data Layer, the telco-grade software originally developed by OpenWave Mobility and part of the acquistion by Enea in 2018.

“Enea’s Stratum comes at a pivotal moment for operators,” said Dimitris Mavrakis, Senior Research Director at market research cirm ABI. “Operators want to enter the enterprise market with 5G and use AI and ML to monetize a variety of use cases. Yet 4G/5G centralized data platforms have been a major pain point for operators with proprietary and centralized databases that did not scale. A growing number of operators including AT&T, Telenor, Telefonica, Orange and Vodafone have implemented significant upgrades to their data platform strategies. More operators will deploy virtualized, distributed systems in line with their cloud-native strategies.”

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