Vodafone uses Oracle’s cloud-based tech to manage 5G
In a statement released by Oracle, the US tech firm said that its cloud-based manager would help Vodafone accelerate the provision of 5G services to its customers and would more efficiently manage the network using real-time analytics.
Oracle’s solution, which combines the 5G Core Policy Control Function (PCF) and the Policy and Charging Rules function (PCRF), will also be able to provide data to ensure businesses and consumers have access to the optimum network based on their needs.
Some users, for instance, might be using their connection to connect smart devices while others will be using it for streaming. Oracle’s technology can automatically prioritise applications that require low latency to edge data networks and automatically optimise network policies.
According to Oracle, this will help get new 5G offerings into the hands of customers faster, ranging from holographic calls to 5G game streaming without lag time, and film downloads at up to four times faster than 4G networks.
Oracle’s senior vice president and general manager of networks, Andrew Morawski said that this type of intelligent policy management was the “entryway” to any new opportunities provided by 5G connectivity.
Andrea Dona, chief network officer, Vodafone UK added that moving to ‘cloud native’ was “a culture shift as much as it is a technology shift” for Vodafone.
“Our partner must demonstrate flexibility and agility, as well as aligning to our vision of how technology will augment and support tomorrow’s digital society,” she said.
The news follows last week’s announcement that Oracle and Telefónica Tech are partnering on a cloud platform-as-a-service for Telefónica’s enterprise and public sector customers. Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) services will be integrated into Telefónica Tech’s portfolio as part of the partnership.
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