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  • Writer's picturePaul T. Henderson

The Challenges and Approaches to AI-driven Zero-touch operations, Security and Trust in 5G.

Updated: Feb 6, 2022

A recent news piece from 5GZORRO presents the AI-driven Zero-touch Operations, Security and Trust in Multi-operator 5G networks, addressing the challenges by 5G ZORRO Arch, and how these should be approached. 

The challenges are as follows:

  1. Sharing heterogeneous types of resources across multiple operators and infrastructure / resource providers for truly pervasive 5G.

  2. Effective coexistence of Cloud-native vs more traditional IaaS network functions.

  3. Full automation of network and service management.

  4. Cross-operator/cross-domain service chains with security and trust.

5GZORRO have considered approaches required to address these challenges and listed ‘building blocks’ for 5G consolidation/evolution.

  1. Operational Data Lakes would be implemented to centralize reservoirs of network operation data which would be accessible via API’s for data access, processing, aggregation and filtering.

  2. Artificial Intelligence would be used to transform network orchestration and management into a process which can adapt and react itself with minimal manual intervention.

  3. Using Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) / Blockchains to implement distributed security and trust across the various parties involved in the 5G service chain.

  4. Cloud native technologies for SDN/NFV-based services for 5G in order to achieve the necessary flexibility, scalability and resilience of these services.

These challenges and their resolutions would have a big impact on the evolution of 5G networks and their future steps  and would offer:

  1. Increased network reliability and service scalability across domains

  2. Lower development and maintenance and operation costs.

  3. New opportunities for cross-sector and open innovation from different parties

  4. Best-practices in spectrum management and trading with reduced 5G spectrum capital expenditure.

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