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24 Aug 2022
Spark Claims to Be the First New Zealand Telecom to Have Its End-to-End 5G Standalone Network in Full Swing.
Spark tried out its first-ever two proofs-of-concept for Standalone 5G in New Zealand in a partnership with AWS, Nokia, Oppo, and Mavenir.
This is a remarkable turning point for telco companies in New Zealand, where operators are currently rolling out 5G networks. However, network cores and data centers are still striving on 4G infrastructure and legacy systems.
To achieve a Standalone 5G network, according to Spark, these network cores and data centers need to be upgraded, deployed and converted into a cloud-native platform.
Spark's proof-of-concept trial used a cloud-native platform provided by Mavenir, 5G-optimized cloud solutions from Amazon Web Services, Nokia's cell site infrastructure, and an Oppo 5G device.
The Spark team conducted cloud-native tests for both enterprises and consumers using Mavenir's rugged Snowball Edge device (this was Mavenir's first global deployment of the Snowball Edge). According to Spark, the test resulted in faster download speed and decreased latency compared to pre-deployment results.
Spark tested a video analytics application on the solution and found low latency to deliver real-time video analytics, with latency dropping by 70 percent down to single-digit milliseconds before Edge deployment. Likewise, Spark deployed a Mavenir 5G cloud-native core solution on AWS Outposts.
"These proofs-of-concept create a line of sight for us to deliver the enhanced benefits of standalone 5G – both to New Zealand businesses looking to innovate using 5G connectivity and multi-access Edge compute and to New Zealanders accessing a network that supports applications such as instant video streaming, cloud-hosted gaming and the reaction times required for driverless vehicles.”
“The 5G Standalone network opens the door on capacity and low latency to help accelerate IoT trends, such as connected cars, smart cities, and IoT in the home and office." Said Spark tribe lead for telco cloud Josh Bahlman.
AWS Outposts to demonstrate wireless broadband for consumers. These tests showed faster download speeds and reduced latency than those conducted before the deployment. Microsoft, Google, and AWS are all planning to build cloud regions in New Zealand shortly. In addition, developers and operators, including CDC, DCI, T4, and DataGrid, are also building new facilities in New Zealand; some of the companies are constructing new centers in Auckland, while others are developing sites in the South Island near Invercargill.
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