Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Telefonica CTIO: We need a multi-vendor approach to Standalone 5G – particularly in the core

Chris Kelly
Tuesday 15 October 19

Enrique Blanco says that Standalone 5G will be the bedrock of a truly connected, digital society and must offer near 100% reliability

Standalone 5G must be built with a relentless focus on resiliency, near 100% reliability and security, in order to drive the evolution of a truly connected society…

Standalone 5G must be built with a relentless focus on resiliency, near 100% reliability and security, in order to drive the evolution of a truly connected society, according to Telefonica’s CTIO.

Speaking at the Global Mobile Broadband Forum on Tuesday, Telefonica’s CTIO, Enrique Blanco, said that a multi-vendor strategy in the 5G core was absolutely fundamental to securing this aim.

“Standalone 5G will be critical infrastructure for society, so it is essential to build it in a more resilient and robust manner. We need to build the core using a multi-vendor strategy.

“In the future, if we are forced to shut down or pause our network, we will have to shut down hospitals. Transport, commerce. We need to build a 5G core where that kind of thing is impossible.

“Standalone 5G is a moon shot and we will need to fly to the moon every day – every hour in fact. Reliability and resilience is therefore critically important. We cannot fail. At Telefonica this is an obsession for us,” he said.

Enrique Blanco is nominated for the CTO of the Year award at this year’s World Communication Awards. Click here for more information.  

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