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Affirmed Mobile Core Tests Demonstrate Scalability, Performance for 5G Networks

Testing of Affirmed Networks virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC) solution shows line rate performance up to 150 Gbps¹ with linear performance scaling in a given test case on servers powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors

Standards bodies are pushing forward with new 5G specifications that provide the network foundation for high-bandwidth wireless services for consumers and businesses. To re-architect their networks for these new services, mobile network operators (MNOs) are utilizing network functions virtualization (NFV) to provide agility for rapid service deployment and to cost-effectively scale the network to support higher-bandwidth levels.

From the network edge to the core, most network applications can be virtualized. To maximize impact, MNOs are targeting a subset of applications including mobile edge computing (MEC), base stations (small/macro cells), and the mobile core because these systems are located in areas of the network where bandwidth is aggregated.

Of these, the mobile core is of particular interest. Sitting at the intersection of the mobile access network and the wireline backbone transport network, the mobile core is where data handoff from access network to backbone network is made, where policies are enforced, and where service billing information is collected. The mobile core processes traffic that is aggregated from multiple base stations, so it must support very high data rate network connections. Moving to a virtual mobile core means the network can be scaled much more cost effectively as services become successful. Read More...