Ericsson the 5GEx project will focus on supporting cross-domain service orchestration over multiple administrations or multi-domain single administrations. Orchestration will be compatible with Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) technologies. Network and service elements will be able to mix in multi-vendor, heterogeneous technology and resource environments.
Telecom network operators and content providers will benefit from automated service provisioning with reduced time to market. Services can be deployed programmatically through a one shop-stop approach.
The company said enterprise users and vertical industries will gain from the flexibility to define, deploy and control service architectures on-demand. Businesses can gain efficiencies by migrating network services such as firewalls and routers to a virtual platform and maintaining only physical networks.
The 5GEx project runs from October 2015 to March 2018, and Ericsson will drive the project in cooperation with industry partners.
Some of the 5GEx program partners are Ericsson, Atos, Deutsche Telekom, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Huawei, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica I+D and Telenor.