Lenovo, which claims the world’s widest portfolio of technology products, and operator Etisalat UAE are planning to build a new 5G edge solution. This, they say, will enable the rapid roll-out of 5G connectivity for a wide range of edge-of-network deployment scenarios.
The 5G Edge-in-a-box solution, as it is known, is described as potentially game-changing, enabling operators to quickly deploy 5G communications to support demand for new use cases such as smart cities, IoT and Industry 4.0, temporary events and outdoor locations, public and private safety networks and more.
The solution will mean that locations can be quickly connected to 5G, either on private networks or fully integrated with the etisalat by e& packet core network, to provide fast, high bandwidth, low-latency connectivity.
This solution has been developed by Lenovo, Casa Systems, Nearby Computing and Red Hat. It includes full capabilities for disaggregated, virtual radio access network (vRAN) and multi-access edge computing (MEC) deployable in a variety of scenarios, from non-public mobile metworks (NPM) to the etisalat by e& edge and hybrid clouds.
The new solution is based on an open and modular design, aligned with Intel´s CERA specification, that aims to accommodate different site sizing and use cases with a common framework to host edge applications (MEC and non-MEC) seamlessly.
5G Edge-in-a box is compatible with best-practice VNF/CNF solutions to address the expected performance requirements of individual use cases and applications.