Edge network deployments face major scaling challenges
Over 500% more POPs
mmWave radio spectrum requires more antenna POPs than the traditional mid-band spectrum employed by 4G. Unlike 4G, 5G will require small cells to be deployed indoors.
More Data Centers
5G, IoT, and e-sports will require small data centers to be dispersed geographically to meet the latency requirements of 5G.
An estimated 22 billion devices will require installation and connectivity by 2025. Many of these devices will transmit mission critical telemedicine, industrial, and transportation data.
Flood of Data
5G and IoT will create more data than existing infrastructure can transport and process using existing infrastructure.
Cloud Native Support
With 3GPP's release 16, standalone RAN can now be deployed cloud natively to the edge. Current container orchestration utilities do not account for the complex race conditions and failover support required for high availability MEC networks.
Mission Critical Demands
Standalone 5G Networks must provide absolute resiliency. Current RAN CNF offerings do not provide sufficient measures for mission critical workflow and application deployment routing.