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Virtualization paves the way for 5G, as a preview of upcoming use cases

Network virtualization in Argentina has so far occurred on the Core part of the network, and the next piece of the puzzle is on the radio, in a clear move toward the edge. This transition will allow the construction of a mobile IoT offer for the business, logistics, and manufacturing segments, among many others.

Just as Ian Hood, Chief Technologist of Red Hat Global Operators, explained to Convergencialatina, the next step in building a “Multi Access Edge” is to evolve from virtualization functions of the network (virtual machines) to the native Cloud world (see more details below). The first thing operators are rolling out in the latter are 5G Core functions, and secondly they are trying to virtualize radio. In parallel, use cases of the next technological era are explored: “Many providers are looking for applications that run on 5G - logistics or Enterprise, for example - at the edge of the network. They do this to give added value to the edge to the different verticals. In general, each operator specializes in one vertical or another. With 5G you will have the ability to offer these apps, by putting the data on the edge and not in the data centers, close to corporate customers," said Hood.

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