Enea has today announced the launch of its new 5G MicroCore, designed for enterprises using private 5G networks, to support smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 initiatives. The new 5G technology has been developed for a minimal footprint – Enea designed 5G MicroCore based on it’s 5G Core solutions, that have been deployed by some of the world’s largest tier 1 operators. The software giant has confirmed multiple trials for 5G MicroCore are underway in Asia.
“Thanks to our scalable, cloud-native software architecture, we can offer shrink-wrapped, out-of-the-box 5G solutions, unlike some legacy vendors who rely on bulky technology. With our 5G MicroCore, enterprises get the best of both worlds - a sophisticated 5G Core with telco-grade robustness delivered at the right scale for easy and fast provisioning - that’s why a growing number of vendors, system integrators and enterprises have turned to Enea,” said Roland Steiner, Senior Vice President, Telecom Business Unit at Enea.
As with 5G Core solutions, which is essentially the operator version, Enea 5G MicroCore is interoperable, giving enterprises the freedom to mix and match best of breed products and avoid vendor lock-in. The 5G MicroCore leverages several data management capabilities including Unified Data Manager (UDM), Authentication Server Function (AUSF) and User Data Repository (UDR) and delivers numerous benefits for enterprises to effectively manage their data.
Enterprises using Enea 5G MicroCore will benefit from telco-grade reliability, security for data storage and access from the core to the edge to safeguard the enterprise network. It’s suitable for even very small-scale enterprise settings, as the cloud-ready containerised architecture makes edge integration seamless. The zero-touch operations using self-management features enable easy configuration and fast deployment of the solution, which also works across private and public clouds including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Affirmed UnityCloud.
5G trials in Asia
Enea has stated that several Asian enterprises are actively trialing the 5G MicroCore, where a number of businesses have launched private 5G networks in smart factories and require robust data management for automation and robotics to support Industry 4.0 initiatives.
Analyst firm, ABI Research, has estimated that the Asia-Pacific region will leapfrog the rest of the world in Private 5G network deployments. It predicts that the region will account for more than 65% of global private network revenues by 2025 with enterprise networks in Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore worth almost $7 billion.
“As technologies such as automation, robotics, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are rolled out to support Industry 4.0 initiatives, enterprises need robust data management capabilities for inter-factory 5G Private networks. Enea is well-positioned to address this market based on their software-based 5G Core experience within major 5G networks,” said Leo Gergs, Research Analyst for 5G Markets at ABI Research.