Tempering Open Source Expectations in 5G

5G presents network operators with a new framework that lends itself to open source technologies that can play an important and defining role in how services are architected, maintained, and operated. While open source is making an impact on the software layer of 5G networks, the vision for open source networking is much more grandiose. Open source’s ultimate impact on 5G will likely fall somewhere in the middle — heralding new ways for operators to piece together networks and services, but well short of the utopian, completely disaggregated future some have envisioned. Operators have long complained about the lack of choice and vendor lock-in that results from having a small group of entrenched vendors to buy equipment and networking services. Open source will change that dynamic in small areas of the radio access network (RAN), but its mark will be much greater in the services layer or what many call the “softwarization” of the network — service orchestration, automation, network slicing, and mobile edge computing.

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