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The network data analytics function will drive 5G automation and help to create multi-vendor solutions

12 November 2020 | Research

Justin van der Lande

Article | PDF (4 pages) | Automated Assurance| Monetisation Platforms| Network Automation and Orchestration| Data, AI and Development Platforms


"There is a clear need for the NWDAF in order to standardise operational data for all applications and functions, but it is not likely to be realised as a standalone solution."

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Over 100 carriers worldwide are implementing 5G networks using 3GPP standards. 5G networks are already complex, and this complexity will increase as core network components that enable network slicing are added. A high degree of automation is therefore required to avoid increasing operational costs. AI and analytics solutions are now seen as critical for the creation of new automations; this was first recognised in the 3GPP standards in 2017 when the network data analytics function (NWDAF) standard was initially defined.

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