As global communications providers prepare to deliver high-speed connectivity to support new services and use cases, the need for low-latency, high-bandwidth, scalable networks is more important than ever. Conventional industry hardware won’t sustain next-generation mobile technology; software-defined infrastructure and cloud native approaches are essential for delivering the performance, capabilities, and automation 5G requires.
The Linux Foundation networking stack continues to evolve and expand into additional projects due to an increased desire to innovate and commoditize across key technology areas through shared investments among its members. In early 2021, the LF announced some industry-moving initiatives, including a new open source industry collaboration with Facebook to be managed under a neutral governance framework at the Linux Foundation. Magma enables operators to build and augment modern and efficient mobile networks at scale and features an access-agnostic mobile packet core, advanced network automation and management tools, and the ability to integrate with existing LTE networks with use cases across both virtual and container Network Functions (xNFs) including fixed wireless access, carrier Wi-Fi, private LTE and 5G, network expansion, and mobile broadband.
Leveraging this convergence of major initiatives in the 5G space, and building on a long-running 5G Cloud Native Network demo work stream, LF Networking is leading a community-driven integration and proof of concept involving multiple open source initiatives in order to show end-to-end use cases demonstrating implementation architectures for end users. This 5G Super Blueprint will cover RAN, Edge, and Core and enable solutions for enterprises and verticals, large institutional organizations, and more. Participation is open to anyone. Please see the 5G Super Blueprint FAQ here.
Interested in helping to build and integrate the 5G Super Blueprint with us? Please fill in the form below and join the workstream in motion on the LFN Demo Wiki.