To set the stage for Spark to deploy standalone 5G at scale in the future and explore the future benefits of 5G, Spark created and executed two proofs of concept for standalone 5G with technology providers Mavenir (5G standalone cloud -native core solution) and AWS (multi-access edge computing and 5G-optimized cloud solutions), and technology partners Nokia (cell site infrastructure) and OPPO (5G devices).
Spark deployed a standalone Mavenir 5G cloud-native core solution on AWS Snowball Edge, a physically rugged device that provides edge computing and data transfer services. This is the first global deployment of Mavenir on AWS Snowball Edge. Using an AWS Snowball Edge device allowed Spark to create a highly portable edge solution that could literally fit in a suitcase – to process and store data close to where it is generated, enabling low real-time latency and responsiveness.
Spark tested a video analytics tool on the solution – and the results demonstrated low latency to deliver real-time video analytics, with latency reduced by 70% to single digit milliseconds, before deployment to the edge of the 5G autonomous cores solution and analysis service.
The proof of concept allows Spark to experiment with how a highly customizable network can be sliced and adapted to changing business needs. For example, create dedicated virtual networks with service- or customer-specific functionality on a common network infrastructure. The proof of concept shows how enterprises such as port authorities (with large fleets of mobile devices that require high throughput and low latency) can operate on virtual network slices that optimize the use of a private network physical.
Testing the Potential of a 5G Autonomous Network for Consumer Wireless Broadband
Since Spark launched 5G, the initial use case has been to increase both the speed and capacity of Spark’s wireless and mobile broadband products. The company saw another opportunity to explore how its wireless broadband service would benefit more from operating on a standalone 5G network.
To test this, Spark deployed a self-contained Mavenir 5G cloud-native core solution on AWS Outposts, a fully managed solution delivering AWS infrastructure and services to virtually any on-premises or edge location. This is New Zealand’s first mobile network deployment on AWS Outposts. Testing a wireless broadband service on this proof of concept showed faster download speeds and reduced latency compared to pre-deployment results, providing a better experience for Spark’s wireless broadband customers.
Mavenir is a network software provider of cloud-based network solutions for 5G use cases deployed on cloud services such as AWS.