The New Challenges of Monitoring 5G Networks

5G Networks

5G, or fifth generation, technology is a new type of wireless communication that is being implemented around the world. It offers faster speeds and more capacity than previous generations of wireless technology, which opens up a wide range of possibilities for how it can be used. This includes things like more advanced mobile devices, the internet of things (IoT), and even self-driving cars.

However, implementing 5G technology also presents some challenges for companies that provide wireless networks. One of these challenges is managing and securing the network. 5G networks are more complex than previous generations of networks, which means that there is more that needs to be done to ensure that they are running smoothly and securely.

To address these challenges, many companies are working on developing a strategy for using 5G technology that takes into account the benefits and risks of this technology. This includes looking at how they can maximize the benefits of 5G while minimizing any potential problems or risks.

In addition to these challenges, companies that provide wireless networks are also facing the task of transitioning from using a 4G network as the core of their 5G technology to using a 5G network on its own. This process, known as "standalone" 5G, involves building a 5G network from the ground up, rather than relying on a 4G network as the foundation. This is a complex process that requires careful planning and execution to ensure a smooth transition.

A new eBook called "5G Signals New Challenges with Network Monitoring and Performance" talks about these issues. The book is written by Light Reading, which is a company that provides information and analysis about the global communications industry. The book looks at the specific challenges that these companies might face during this transition process.

Here are a few of the key topics discussed in the eBook:

Next-gen network monitoring and control. Standalone 5G’s increased complexity increases the risk of network disruption from software update bugs, competition for resources among network elements, and cyberattacks launched by bad actors. In response, 5G operators are turning to network automation and open radio access network (O-RAN) platforms to improve network control and monitoring.

The cloudification of 5G. When it comes to standalone 5G networks, many of the world’s largest mobile operators are considering moving to a cloud-native network architecture coupled with containers.

5G security. The advent of 5G wireless communications brings with it the need for new security measures, such as the new measures being tested by Verizon.

Cloud-native 5G core. There are many good reasons for operators to deploy a new core network and move to standalone 5G. Offering services linked to new 5G capabilities such as network slicing, edge applications, fixed/mobile convergence, and - in time - ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC) is the primary motivation.

Virtualization’s vital role in 5G. Leading service providers have embraced the concept of virtualization technologies but still run only relatively low volumes of their total network traffic over their virtual infrastructure.

To find out more about the network monitoring and performance challenges of 5G and how to solve them, download the eBook 5G Signals New Challenges with Network Monitoring & Performance.

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