Swisscom, NETSCOUT, Ericsson Unveil Cloud 5G Solution

Data processing and network function monitoring now can be performed in the cloud, thanks to a solution from Ericsson, Swisscom and NETSCOUT that provides automatic access to packet data and the ability to analyze raw packet data.

With the established approach to data collection being unsustainable, the updated network solution will overhaul the traditional virtualized mobile network function (where data traffic is routed from the cloud and processed physically in a conventional manner). Instead, cloud-based packet data processing and network function monitoring are enabled – increasing network service assurance, analytics and cybersecurity.

The solution has been introduced to Swisscom’s deployed cloud-native, TLS-encrypted 5G network, and integrates Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core with built-in software (SW) probes and NETSCOUT’s vSTREAM.

Ericsson’s SW probe is a built-in virtual network probe solution for cloud-native architecture that’s designed to enable the monitoring and troubleshooting of cloud-native functions (CNFs) and provide data streams for analytics.

It provides two data sources: virtual tapping (virtual terminal access points – vTap) and event reporting. The vTAP makes packets available to third-party instrumentation like NETSCOUT’s vSTREAM, which turns the packet data into smart data extensible to service assurance, analytics and cybersecurity – providing actionable intelligence for operations and engineering. The event reporting provides metadata content on signaling procedures ready to be used for monitoring and troubleshooting purposes.

This solution gives Swisscom better visibility into its cloud network and the ability to capture network packets from inside a network at strategic points. Continuous monitoring and deep analysis of networks are essential for guaranteeing network and subscriber assurance, troubleshooting and security monitoring. In turn, this will help Swisscom secure 5G customer experience, significantly reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO), secure sensitive data, and deliver new and existing 5G mission-critical services within the cloud, including automatic access to packet data and RAW data in clear.

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