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5G Private Mobile Networks: Balancing Security, Control, and Innovation

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The 5G Open Innovation Lab (5G OI Lab) has collaborated with partners F5, GXC, and Spirent Communications to develop an advanced enterprise Private Mobile Network (PMN) solution. This solution is designed to not only deploy PMNs in hard-to-reach areas but also offer greater security, control, resiliency, and operational cost improvements.

Enterprises and organizations are increasingly adopting private networks and telco clouds as 5G infrastructure becomes more widespread. This adoption aims to capitalize on newly available connectivity, lower latency, and agility. PMNs bring the potential of 5G to revenue-driven use cases, such as IoT and network slicing, while accounting for the need to expand security measures beyond legacy policies and undergo rigorous testing.

F5, a hybrid and multi-cloud application services and security company, deployed carrier-grade BIG-IP Virtual Editions, consolidating security features with an N6/SGi-LAN solution for enhanced speed and security. GXC, a Network as a Service (NaaS) communications early-stage technology company, contributed its unique distributed mesh configuration for easy and fast private network deployment while providing full coverage and capacity of a cellular network.

Spirent Communications, a multinational telecom testing firm, validated the collaboration using its Landslide test and emulation platform. This platform offers device and RAN emulation, creating varied traffic flows across multiple data networks monitored and managed by F5. Additionally, the technology made available through the 5G OI Lab and its enterprise and operator partners was pressure-tested and deployed with GXC’s ONYX Portal.

F5’s BIG-IP Virtual Editions optimize traffic flows between the 5G Core (5GC) and content networks, enabling end-to-end visibility of user activity and security against unauthorized traffic ingress. In contrast, Spirent’s Landslide AMF Nodal application emulates 5G Mobile subscribers and 5G Access Nodes (gNBs) for a realistic distribution of traffic flows across slices and DNNs.

GXC, formerly known as GenXComm, provides innovative technology for enterprise 5G networks based on a cellular mesh architecture. Its private network platform offers high resiliency, flexible deployments, strong coverage in difficult-to-reach areas, and a powerful distributed application platform, enabling full-duplex, high-speed communication with the capacity to double the world’s available frequency spectrum.

Spirent Communications is a leading global provider of automated test and assurance solutions for networks, cybersecurity, and positioning. The company offers innovative products, services, and managed solutions addressing the test, assurance, and automation challenges of emerging technologies, including 5G, cloud, autonomous vehicles, and others.

The 5G OI Lab is a global innovation ecosystem comprising multi-stage startups, enterprises, global technology platforms, and investors, focused on developing disruptive enterprise technologies and solutions leveraging the power of edge computing connected to public and private 5G networks. The Lab has attracted numerous prominent corporate and industry partners who work directly with ecosystem startups to accelerate commercialization through proof of concept, go-to-market, and other engagements and opportunities.

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