Japan’s NTT Docomo selected NEC as the seller for its 5G standalone (SA) cellular core community, which it plans to launch in 2021.
NEC’s SA 5G core relies on a virtualized advanced packet core and container know-how. The core will allow community slicing the place the operator might be ready supply “slices” of its community from end-to-end for the unique use of enterprise clients.
Along with offering its 5G SA core know-how, NEC can be offering NTT Docomo with a compact information processor, which it calls the “UPF mini,” to be positioned at edge places. The UPF mini provides smaller-sized computing assets to course of functions on the edge, remoted from different processes on the working system.
The UPF mini information processor is smaller than typical compute processors, saving on energy consumption and rising the pliability when it comes to the place the unit may be put in.
Based on NEC’s chart, the UPF mini could be positioned close to base stations in NTT Docomo’s community.
The seller says that with a purpose to obtain ultra-low latency, which is a key function of 5G, it’s vital to scale back the latency of the whole community configuration, together with the wired part and the wi-fi part between the bottom station and the consumer terminal. Inserting the UPF mini in wired sections and shortening the bodily distance to the applying server allows edge computing to scale back the general processing time.
NEC already gives NTT Docomo with its core community vEPC for LTE. The 5G service launched by NTT Docomo in March 2020, makes use of an extension of this vEPC and operates as a non-standalone (NSA) core community. NEC additionally gives base stations and 5G radio base stations for LTE. Along with this SA core community, NEC will present complete assist for NTT Docomo’s 5G providers.
Rakuten Cell can be utilizing NEC for its new 5G SA core, primarily based on containers. And never solely will Rakuten Cell use this core in its personal community, however Rakuten and NEC plan to supply it as a product to different operators – in competitors with world telecom distributors equivalent to Nokia and Ericsson.