The fifth-generation (5G) wireless network technology is designed to meet the challenging system and services requirements of the existing and emerging applications. The main goals of 5G are to improve capacity, reliability, and energy efficiency, while reducing latency and massively increasing connection density.

Modern applications such as tele-medicine, smart cities, augmented and virtual reality, and so on, mandate new specifications for throughput, reliability, end-to-end (E2E) latency, network density, and network robustness.

Figure 1. 5G Use Cases
5G Use Cases

With these modern applications and the ever-increasing data traffic in the CSP network, 5G networks are required to support stringent criteria for reliability, throughput, latency, and jitter.

Figure 2. 5G Network Requirements
5G Network Requirements

5G brings groundbreaking improvements in the radio access technology to support modern applications. 5G also mandates cloud-native principles in the core and edge to provide a flexible and scalable allocation of network resources to different services and applications.

5G New Radio and the agility enabled by cloud-native principles in placing the data plane network functions closer to the user helps achieve exceptional low latency. To support the ever-increasing data throughput, the data plane network functions can be scaled by deploying more cloud resources. However, to reduce the Capital Expenditures (CAPEX), each data plane network function in the 5G network must provide high throughput and low latency with an optimal allocation of cloud resources.

In this guide, you can learn how to use VMware Telco Cloud Platform to support the cloud-native data plane intensive 5G workloads and meet the 5G network requirements.