5G is much more than a faster radio access technology. It represents a fundamental change in communication network architectures that will enable innovative, revenue-generating services. As part of the broader transition to distributed, cloud-native networks, 5G will combine the flexibility and agility of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), the programmability of Software Defined Networking (SDN), and the proximity to users of Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC). The new network architecture will be based on a distributed compute fabric, programmable connectivity fabric, and a pervasive decision fabric.
This GSMA whitepaper explores the fundamental principles for designing 5G networks and explains why the edge of the network is the logical place to build 5G infrastructure foundations.
Source: GSMA Mobile World Live
9 April 2017