ZTE says 5G Core and NFVI get tick from China’s official 5G test programme

Core network elements and NFV funtionality get a work out in latest phase of Chinese government-backed test programme.

ZTE says it has verified the performance of its 5G Core solution and NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) during the third phase of China’s national 5G tests programme.

The vendor said it had completed tests for “core network performance stability and security function”, verifying the performance of the NFVI platform and the service performance of its 5G core element on single/multi virtual machine deployments.

The company said the NFV platform and 5G core function network element is deployed on a general server platform, with interfaces with third party “instruments” as per the requirement of the service model defined by the 5G test programme. (Under the supervision of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group started the third phase of 5G R&D tests in November 2017.)

ZTE’s latest version of 5G core network is developed in compliance with 3GPP Release-15 specifications released in September 2018. The company said it supports SBA, micro-service components and network slicing, as well as “the separation of service logic and data”.

“It is another significant breakthrough following ZTE’s completion of the SA architecture function test in September 2018,” said Liu Jianhua, general manager of ZTE’s Telecom Cloud and Core Network Products.

ZTE said it had also made additional progress on 5G NR standalone (SA) mode implementation: with China Telecom it claimed a successful test of 4G and 5G network interoperability under the SA architecture.