The telecommunications industry is at an inflection point. The choice of architectural framework by service providers will set the stage for the next 10 years.
5G networks were intentionally conceived as cloud-based-their use of a service-based architecture (SBA) combined with a cloud-native approach offers many advantages to service providers. Cloud-native network functions (CNFs) have become the main delivery mechanism of 5G network services.
SBA builds on Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) concepts which enable service providers to decouple control and user plane functions that can be deployed as CNFs using containers and microservices.
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