Edge networking – the next phase of 5G
Data demands continue to grow requiring performance scaling for seamless transition in edge networking. According to a recent LightReading survey, almost 60% of global operators expect to implement RAN virtualization and half of those surveyed will implement network slicing. Edge networking solutions can be used for network slicing to achieve independent services from the same infrastructure. Programmable network elements are needed for integration into the open management and orchestration standards for E2E operation with RAN and MEC elements.
What is edge networking?
Edge networking has two critical points: access at the cell site and aggregation of all cell sites in that general region. Information is transported between RAN, MEC, and Core elements in the midhaul and backhaul that predominantly uses IP routers in a hub and spoke or ring type of topology at up to 400 GbE line rates.
The Fujitsu Edge Networking solution
The Fujitsu Edge Networking solution consists of a disaggregated OcNOS whitebox router portfolio optimized for access, aggregation, and network slicing. The OcNOS portfolio provides high-capacity performance with smooth scaling in a compact and low power design.
Fujitsu Edge Networking solution benefits
- Scalable line rates from 1 GbE to 400 GbE
- Platform throughput from 800 Gbps to 4.8 Tbps
- Follows Open Compute Project (OCP) and Telecom Infra Project (TIP) guidelines
- Eliminates vendor lock-in and promotes innovation
- Compact, low power design
- Indoor/outdoor form factor flexibility
What’s the story with edge networking?
Webinar: 5G fronthaul/backhaul
Some operators are deep into their 5G deployments, while others are just getting started. Either way, they’re looking at how fiber can help their efforts to support small cell architectures and centralized and Cloud Radio Access Networks (C-RANs), as well as other aspects of 5G mobile xHaul.
This webcast examines the role fiber optics likely will play in 5G deployment and describes the options available.