Moving to a 5G NSA Network

CoSPs are preparing for 5G by first moving to a 5G Non-Standalone (5G NSA) Network on Intel® architecture-helping streamline the transition to the full range of 5G capabilities.


Moving to a 5G non-standalone network. Communication service providers are preparing for 5G. Moving first toward 5G non-standalone networks via a simple upgrade to the core network to support the 5G new radio. Allowing them to support many 5G services today.

In parallel, the industry is shifting from appliance based environments towards network functions virtualization. And the advent of 5G is adding further impetus to this transition. The costs of upgrading a wireless network can be considerable, so protecting your investment at each stage is critical.

By transforming the underlying core network through NFV, upgrading capacity and technology, COSPs will be able to make the transition from a 4G network through 5G NSA to a 5G Core using software alone. While also reaping the proven benefits of NFV sooner rather than later.

When it comes to NFV, why Intel? Intel has collaborated with the industry since the beginning of the NFV journey to develop a large mature, optimized ecosystem of vendors supporting 4G and 5G network functions. And help manifest the capability of NFV. There is a large list of supported network functions that run on its architecture. As well as specific technology roadmaps for NFV. And NFV optimized SKUs.

Intel's industry collaboration is already bringing huge benefits to COSPs. One manufacturer's dual stack mobile core user plane function delivers up to 193 GBPS user plane throughput. Offering high performance at low cost per gigabit.

Another's VEPC offers throughput of up to 168 GBPS. And a packet rate of up to 29 MPPS on dual socket servers powered by Intel's Xeon Platinum 8280L processors. And Intel and a well-known software provider are lining up the 5G Core with a 500 GBPS Cloud native UPF. Move to a 5G NSA network on Intel architecture today. And streamline the transition to 5G Core and the full range of 5G capabilities tomorrow.