Core | Edge | Far-Edge | uCPE for Telco Operators

This page is a guide for designing and creating Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) for distributed Telco Edge deployments by using NFV™ deployments like Red Hat OpenStack and OpenShift certified by Hyperscalers.  It also provides sample deployment scenarios for specific Telco Edge use cases highlighting the platform capabilities, hardware – for use in core, edge and far edge deployments as well as uCPE & SD WAN devices.

Telecommunication operators need a Hyperconverged (HCCI) or dis-aggregated and distributed virtual infrastructure that allows them to selectively place workloads closer to the subscriber, especially with the advent of 5G networks. These distributed mini or micro data centers are broadly termed Telco Edge sites. The geography of a country coupled with its population density could lead a typical Telco operator to deploy thousands of these Edge sites to cater to multiple use cases.

Intended for telecommunications and solution architects, sales engineers, field consultants, advanced services specialists, and customers who are responsible for the virtualized Edge network services and the NFV environment on which they run.


Telco Operational Challanges


The Typical Journey to an OpenStack-Cloud is Long & Complex


Introduction to NFV Telco

Telecommunication operators need a Hyperconverged (HCCI) or dis-aggregated and distributed virtual infrastructure that allows them to selectively place workloads closer to the subscriber, especially with the advent of 5G networks. These distributed mini or micro data centers are broadly termed Telco Edge sites. The geography of a country coupled with its population density could lead a typical Telco operator to deploy thousands of these Edge sites to cater to multiple use cases.


Cloud and NFV Workloads 



Edge & Far Edge 



Reference Environment

The Telco Edge is a collection of distributed virtual infrastructure deployments that can be used to run Telco specific workloads such as VNFs, and other user applications. Depending on the nature of the workloads and applications, the position in the network, the size of the deployment, and the software defined infrastructure model, this Edge Reference Architecture provides the desired flexibility.


Telco Edge Conceptual Architecture

A classic 3-layer conceptual architecture for the Telco Edge deployment is a hierarchical model that consists of a group of Far Edge sites that aggregate into a Near Edge site and a group of Near Edge sites that aggregate into a Core site.