The User Plane Function (UPF) is a key element in the 5G SA. Thanks to the adoption of CUPs, the UPF provides distributed resources for the processing of user traffic and routing to external data networks. This enhances efficiency for high-performance 5G applications.
The adoption of distributed UPF solutions is a key step towards supporting Mobile Edge Computing, or Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) in 5G networks. MEC is required for applications that demand the lowest levels of latency.
In addition, this separation also creates an opportunity for operators to break traditional single-vendor solutions and to move to a more open, multi-vendor network. It also means that UPF performance must be carefully validated by both operators and vendors.
Emblasoft’s solutions enable operators and vendors to validate distributed UPF functionality and load by simulating other elements in the 5G SA architecture (e.g. AMF, NRF, etc). It allows testing at full traffic load, as well as isolation testing, providing comprehensive validation in multi-vendor networks.
Our solutions can be fully automated and are aligned with DevOps release programmes and continuous innovation cycles. This ensures that service iterations can be tested effectively and automatically, supporting agile adoption of the UPF and reflecting dynamic changes to support new use cases.
They provide emulation of the UE, as well as other network elements, including the 5G RAN, SBA core and data network. This enables a wide range of use cases and scenarios to be run, modelling real traffic, under different conditions, helping operators to deploy and manage multi-vendor networks, with continuous validation of different solutions in parallel.
From innovation, to validation and smooth operation, our solutions help operators and equipment vendors deliver outstanding services and performance to their customers.
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