5G Interworking Function (5G IWF) - all you need to know
The transition to 5G is speeding up globally but this change will undoubtedly cost MNOs a lot both in time and investment. In order to minimize the financial impact and take full advantage of the existing 4G assets while building up the new 5G network, MNOs need to deploy a 5G Interworking Function (5G IWF) that secures a smooth and seamless transition until full 5G upgrade because it acts as a translator between different telecom signaling protocols, typically HTTP/2-based network functions (5G) and Diameter-based network elements (4G).
What is Opencode 5G Interworking Function (5G IWF) and how does it work?
Opencode 5G Interworking Function (5G IWF) offers a flexible and integrated set of routing and service creation capabilities that work out-of-the-box and have no need for scripting or development. The on-board interworking function enables connections to and from any network or IT interface. Opencode 5G Interworking Function (5G IWF) features a rich set of translation, conversion and service logic functions for a wide range of protocols, such as HTTP/2, Diameter, RADIUS, HTTP, SOAP, REST, XML, JSON, LDAP, SS7 (MAP/CAP/INAP), ENUM, SIP, TCP/IP, UDP and SCTP. Another advantage of the solution is that the HTTP/2, SS7 and Diameter protocol stacks are in-house developed and easily customizable. Last but not least, thanks to its modular architecture, Opencode 5G Interworking Function (5G IWF) offers unrivalled multi-protocol interworking flexibility for adding or adapting new interfaces within a very short time frame.
How exactly can Opencode 5G Interworking Function (5G IWF) help MNOs ease transition to full 5G infrastructure?
According to the NGMN Alliance (Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance), MNOs strive to achieve network convergence and, in that process, prevent duplication of network elements/functions. Many MNOs have invested heavily in their 4G EPC and went through great lengths to incorporate Diameter-based products next to their SS7 assets. The latest 5G network not only requires new core network functions but it also introduces a new signaling protocol - HTTP/2. With 5G being the fastest growing access technology, Opencode 5G Interworking Function (5G IWF) is one of the best solutions that provide seamless integration with legacy networks and a flexible carrier-grade support of 4G/LTE to 5G interworking.
For which MNOs is Opencode 5G Interworking Function (5G IWF) most suitable?
While deploying the new 5G networks, MNOs can face interoperability issues between their existing, legacy networks and the new 5G networks. With its flexibility and extensive library of supported protocols, Opencode 5G Interworking Function (5G IWF) helps solve several use cases such as:
Is Opencode 5G Interworking Function (5G IWF) hardware-agnostic?
Opencode 5G Interworking Function (5G IWF) runs on any off-the-shelf hardware or in a virtualized environment. It is a 100% software-based solution, supporting virtualization and cloud deployments (VMware, KVM, OpenStack, Amazon, etc.) as well as containerized application deployments (Docker, Kubernetes). Opencode 5G Interworking Function (5G IWF) does not rely on any specialist hardware or proprietary operating system.
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