International telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions provider for the mobile internet, ZTE Corporation, has announced the release of their i5GC (industry 5GC) network solution. It’s aimed at private 5G networks and digital transformation of vertical industries.
At present, public 5GC is oriented to consumer applications. These solutions cannot meet industry users’ ultra-high requirements for security, latency, reliability, network control rights, energy consumption and usage environment. ZTE i5GC addresses this by deeply integrating and optimizing 5GC functions.
ZTE i5GC uses 2U general servers to achieve the integration of multiple network functions (NF) and a plug-and-play one-stop deployment mode – to achieve minimal space, minimal energy consumption and minimal operation and maintenance (O&M).
5G Network Access Deployment
This network solution would provide non-professional industry users with “rapid and accurate” 5G network access deployment and “great” service experience. In addition, ZTE i5GC can be flexibly customized according to a user’s diversified requirements for security, traffic processing and autonomy, and provide different function combinations and deployment forms for different scenarios.
For example, the user plane function (UPF) is deployed to the edge, traffic is forwarded nearby, and user data is locally managed. In addition, ZTE i5GC employs a 3GPP service-based architecture (SBA) to “seamlessly” interconnect with a 5G public network. It can integrate third-party multi-access edge-computing (MEC) applications through open interfaces to achieve flexible expansion and rapid iteration of edge applications, so as to explore and breed 5G killer applications in the vertical field.
Towards the construction of business-grade 5G networks, ZTE has implemented in-depth 5G applications for use in vertical fields such as mines, medical treatments and ports. For example, for a 5G smart mine project, ZTE uses i5GC to deploy a complete set of 5G networks underground, meeting the mine’s compact space and explosion-proofing requirements, and achieving full coverage from key 5G networks.