Intelligent CIO APAC Issue 18 | Page 82


How cloudnative tech will impact 5G mobile networks

Yaniv Hoffman , Vice President Technologies , Radware , looks at the security threats CSPs need to consider when planning protection for 5G networks .

While the rapid advance of 5G communications delivers comprehensive benefits for Asia Pacific communication service providers ( CSPs ), the new technology also presents challenges in security and cost . CSPs are entering a new phase of network cloudification to transform their network infrastructure . This technology transformation will capitalize on network function virtualization , Software Defined Networking and Artificial Intelligence .

Their strategy to capture new growth is shifting as well . Future growth is being driven by the move to virtualize mobile core networks in response to growth of user data , the increasing adoption of IoT devices , new 5G business and complex networks .
Business benefits
Network cloudification offers CSPs several major business benefits :
• Capital expenditure benefits from better aggregation and utilization of solutions and services on general purpose hardware .
• Operating expenditure benefits from reduced labor and operational efficiencies gained through cloud automation , agility and scalability , which indirectly impact customer experience .
• Value-added services leverage cloud platforms to enable new services and revenue streams .
Business challenges
The original goals for cloud were to decouple growth from cost and rapidly deliver new services . CSPs did this in 4G environments by transitioning the network elements into big virtual network functions .
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