Oracle Communications has been chosen by Vodafone UK to lead the network policy for its standalone 5G network. Vodafone will be able to make more intelligent policy decisions and swiftly test and deploy new services using Oracle’s cloud native network policy management technology as part of its 5G core.
Customers will be able to get their hands on exciting new 5G options sooner, thanks to this new agreement, which includes holographic calls, lag-free 5G game streaming and film downloads up to 4X faster than 4G networks.
The solution, which is comprised of Oracle’s 5G Core Policy Control Function (PCF) and Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF), enables the implementation of sophisticated network policies across wireless, fixed and cable networks, as well as IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) networks.
In the case of Vodafone, the solution will provide data from which Vodafone customers may select the optimal network offer for their needs. This will enable Vodafone to automate and expand in order to meet the predicted surge in 5G customers and connected devices, allowing for a seamless experience across 4G and 5G networks as well as the smooth integration of future 5G services like VR/AR, live-streaming and IoT.
Andrea Dona, chief network officer, Vodafone UK, commented: “Moving to ‘cloud native’ is a culture shift as much as it is a technology shift for a techcomms company like Vodafone. Our partners must demonstrate flexibility and agility, as well as aligning to our vision of how technology will augment and support tomorrow’s digital society.”
“5G undoubtedly opens the door for endless new ways to engage with our world, but intelligent policy management is the entryway to capitalize on these opportunities. Our 5G and cloud capabilities are helping Vodafone to build a future-proof network that is automated, easier to scale, simpler to operate, and more cost-effective,” said Andrew Morawski, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications Networks.