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Analysys Mason: Assuring 5G and Cloud Edge Applications


The launch of 5G is a revolutionary point for communications service providers (CSPs) to migrate from legacy networks to new virtualized, cloud-native infrastructure in support of the delivery of new digital services. The new service-based architecture for these 5G networks enables edge clouds and network slicing technologies that will bring high-performance computing closer to the point of service in order to support low-latency applications for enterprise and consumer use cases.

To ensure high quality of experience (QoE), CSPs must achieve real-time, end-to-end visibility across multiple network domains (core, transport, RAN) and across different types of cloud infrastructure (public, private, edge). As virtualized network functions (VNFs) are being migrated to public clouds, active assurance test solutions, which involve synthetically injecting test traffic into the network using virtualized test agents, play a key role in enabling end-to-end monitoring of application performance throughout the service network lifecycle. This approach allows CSPs to validate service-level agreements before and after service activation to guarantee the expected QoE.

Read the report to discover:

  • How 5G will enable network functions and support enterprise applications

  • How assurance solutions can address 5G and telecom cloud complexity

  • The pivotal role active assurance plays in assuring telco cloud and edge-based 5G services

  • Recommendations for CSPs

Contributing Analysts:

Michelle Lam (Research Analyst) is a member of the Applications practice within the Telecoms Software and Networks research team in London. She holds a BSc in physics and an MSc in quantum technologies from University College London (UCL), where she was an academic representative to the Students’ Union and assisted with research at the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies. She has also worked as a data analyst in machine learning and experimental physics, and has undertaken quantum computing research at the London Centre for Nanotechnology.

Justin van der Lande (Research Director) leads the Applications practice, which is part of Analysys Mason’s Telecoms Software and Networks research stream. He specialises in business intelligence and analytics tools, which are used in all telecoms business processes and systems. In addition, Justin provides technical expertise for Analysys Mason in consultancy and bespoke large-scale custom research projects. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the communications industry in software development, marketing and research. He has held senior positions at NCR/AT&T, Micromuse (IBM), Granite Systems (Telcordia) and at the TM Forum. Justin holds a BSc in Management Science and Computer Studies from the University of Wales.

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