New transformative technologies and novel architectures being developed by standards bodies (including the fifth generation (5G) wireless networks) are extremely complex. The benefits of 5G are made possible by virtualization, cloudification, and automation technologies such as network functions virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networks (SDN) to implement the 5G architecture. This technology transformation includes the shift from static, deterministic traffic management to a more agile network which is application aware.
U.S. government (USG) agencies need hands-on, impartial assistance to navigate the complexities of 5G and virtualization technologies and enable the new vertical use cases (e.g., augmented reality/virtual reality, mission critical applications, vehicular communications) during normal and disaster conditions. Research and experimentation are needed to develop intelligent design and deployment strategies for key 5G architectural features such as network slicing and multi-access edge computing (MEC) that will provide these use cases with the required performance and security in demand by USG clients. Noblis’ telecom experts have developed capabilities to further the state-of-the-art in these areas.