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QUESTION

How does virtualization in 5G work?

Virtualization transforms ‘in-hardware’ functionalities into software

Virtualization is a fundamental aspect of 5G networks. Network functions that were previously limited by hardware receive their own open APIs – essentially transforming ‘in-hardware’ functionalities into software. Given time, this process ultimately will leave mostly only antennas purpose-built hardware based products.

In fact, virtualization is necessary for 5G to meet Enterprise connectivity requirements. Running a virtual network on top of a physical network makes the system much more dynamic and enables it to be controlled centrally, reducing the need for manual intervention and configuration.

Each private network can be ‘sliced’ into dedicated lanes, with each slice associated with the connectivity need of a specific IT service. In this way, endlessly creative connections can be offered in a flexible economical way that aligns with changing business needs.

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