China Mobile, Huawei demo microservice-based 5G core network at MWC

Wednesday 28 February 2018 | 09:30 CET | News
China Mobile and Huawei have demonstrated a microservice-based 5G core network at the 2018 Mobile World Congress (MWC). The network was constructed on top of service-based architecture (SBA). The demonstration is a follow-up of the two companies’ joint release of an SBA-based 5G core network prototype at 2017 MWC Shanghai.

Huawei believes the 5G core network software architecture needs to be further broken down into microservices under 3GPP-compliant SBA architecture to achieve 5G standalone (SA) networking. This fully exploits the structural advantages of service-based network functions, interfaces, and operation. Based on the concept of "slice-as-a-service", microservices are designed on demand and can then be flexibly deployed. Scaling and upgrades can be performed independently for each microservice, Huawei said. This leads to agile design, deployment and operation of microservice-based 5G core network.

The demonstration unveils a service-based interface that complies with HTTP2.0 protocol, and microservice lifecycle management. In addition, based on containers, it implements dynamic loading of third-party apps and service switching. It also shows operation-oriented slice instantiation and management.

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