Operators outline key steps to SA 5G – Mobile World Live

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GSMA THRIVE CHINA 2020: Representatives from NTT Docomo and China Telecom outlined their standalone (SA) 5G strategies, explaining virtualisation and AI are being used to cater to customer needs.
In a panel session, Docomo GM of core network development department Hiroyuki Oto said it is vital to understand and prepare for future customer requirements, which it did by establishing an open partner programme that today counts a membership of more than 3,400.
He explained virtualisation technology is already mature and the operator is actively promoting it in its core network, noting 40 per cent of network equipment is already virtualised.
Using network slicing, Oto said Docomo aims to build dedicated infrastructure optimised for specific consumer use-cases including AR, VR and gaming.
Lei Can, deputy MD of China Telecom’s 5G Innovation Centre, pointed to the importance of coverage, which needs more complex network planning tools to deliver the right capabilities to customers.
The main advantage of the SA architecture is the wider capabilities it brings to customers, particularly vertical industries, and its simplicity, which can help streamline network planning, he explained. But the most important benefit is cloud and network integration, which increases flexibility, enabling scalability and portability.
He noted AI is in …

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