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Unlocking the data path from 4G to 5G is easier said than done

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This article first appeared on RCR Wireless

Mobile operators have found themselves in a tough spot with 5G. For many, their legacy subscriber data management systems can’t provide the capabilities they need to monetize and access services as they make the gradual shift to 5G. That’s because, in order to launch new services like network slices across public and private networks, operators need to be able to access application, profile and subscriber data with low latency across several different sites in a decentralized way and effectively manage their interworking with 4G.

Without this level of agility, or a “common network layer,” operators can quickly find themselves bogged down with duplicate and fragmented data. This makes onboarding new services cumbersome and the rollout of new services far more difficult than it needs to be.

The visibility challenge

If there’s one thing operators need to rapidly roll out services and provide a competitive package to consumers and enterprises, it’s the ability to see and manage data seamlessly across data silos. Despite the imminent rollout of 5G, this is still a surprisingly common problem for operators in 2021. Many operators have to grapple with vendor lock-ins and lack the sufficient control of their own data when transitioning from 4G to 5G.

How can operators overcome these? Read the rest of the article on RCR Wireless.