Verizon and Ericsson this week announced the first container-based wireless Evolved Packet Core (EPC) technology deployment in a live network—a critical step in enabling 5G-oriented solutions like network slicing and edge computing. But the need for network reliability—something Verizon has built its reputation on—isn’t lost in all of the excitement around what they’re describing as the world’s first proof-of-concept trial.
“It’s in our DNA to operate very reliable networks,” said Bill Stone, vice president of Technology Development and Planning at Verizon. The five 9s reliability that telecom networks are known for remains priority No. 1, but the new way the network is being configured enables the operator to do upgrades without having to take down a big chunk of the network. If there’s an outage in one part of the network, it can recover and reconfigure much faster to improve reliability thanks to how it’s orchestrated.
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