Orange Belgium has started deploying a 5G Standalone (SA) core network on a cloud-native architecture that will allow virtualised end-to-end networks and network slicing. The operator has been working closely with the Orange Group Innovation Network team, which has been co-preparing the integration, and with Ericsson for the Packet Core, Oracle Communications for the Signalling and Routing Network Functions, Nokia for the Subscriber Data Management, and the New Radio.

5G SA brings increased performance in terms of uplink data rates for the end user and lower latency, and for businesses it meets the need for flexible, scalable, reliable and secure connectivity for real-time uses, the operator noted. Its deployment will also enable the future development of value-added, on-demand and customised services for consumer markets and industry 4.0 services such as Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) and Massive Machine-Type Communications (mMTC) services.

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