A unified network platform for business-driven enterprise innovation

22nd September, 2022.      //   Technology  // 

Trend #1: A unified network platform for business-driven enterprise innovation

 

A unified network platform will both support and drive the development of a wide variety of new, innovative enterprise use cases. Many of them will involve the delivery of easy-to-use immersive experiences by and between humans as well as autonomous communication and operation between intelligent machines or between humans and machines. As such, the unified network platform will act as an open innovation platform connecting different ecosystems, facilitating collaboration and business growth.

One of the keys to enhanced application innovation is the evolution of network user/developer interfaces through exposed, easy-to-use functions. This includes, for instance, functions that enable productivity, communication, collaboration, gaming and enhanced video. The unified network platform will offer aggregation capabilities that enable interoperability across the actors in the ecosystem to secure unified and global reach. These exposed network capabilities will optimize both application performance and user experience. The developer will have the freedom to select the level of differentiation depending on the application/consumer needs such as quality of experience (QoE), performance, security and privacy.

Architecture

One fundament of the unified network platform is the possibility to aggregate and enhance service exposure from different networks. Examples of exposed functions through open application programming interfaces (APIs) include QoS prediction, spatial information, user identity, service authorization, instantaneous radio coverage and userdensity maps. To manage the different service provider network interfaces, the unified network platform will secure aggregation and routing of the exposed network functions. These network functions will be enhanced by integration of other value-adding functions originating from the global ecosystem. This can involve mediation and interoperability functions for spatial rights management, for example.

The network features and services exposed by the unified network platform will enable the developer ecosystem to build and monetize new applications. Exposed services will range from basic aggregated 5G network features, unified communication services, to more advanced services such as guaranteed QoS, real-time gaming, XR conversations and dedicated industry services. Advanced and highly differentiated services that leverage network slicing will be delivered according to service-level agreements (SLAs). The unified network platform will provide a unified software development environment that will lead to a surge in service and application innovation.

The unified network platform will benefit from industry alignment that ensures cost efficiency, faster innovation and industry adoption. In particular, it is important for the industry to align on exposed network capabilities through open APIs for ease of use in the innovative enterprise business development process.

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