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S E R V I C E P R O V I D E R l ARTICLE l For service providers, the key to overcoming 5G challenges and delivering a superior end-user experience comes down to understanding what is happening in the network. This requires extensive visibility. Exactly how quickly 5G will sweep the nation and the world is up for debate, but the reality is that it is coming. In fact, according to recent reports, the number of 5G connections is forecast to reach between 20 million and 100 million by 2021 – and possibly even higher. Spending on 5G mobile infrastructure for that same year is forecast to be at around US $2.3 billion. While this 5G wave represents enormous opportunity, it also creates significant challenges for carrier service providers (CSPs). The disaggregated network functions of 5G with cloud RAN, Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS), network slicing, new 5G disaggregated core, edge cloud, NFV, SDN, containers, micro-services, and more will bring greater complexity, security vulnerabilities, and service visibility challenges with them. Solving them will require two things: Pervasive visibility and smart analytics. Effective Monitoring from Edge to Core Vital in Distributed Multi-Cloud Network Environments SMART DATA: THE KEY TO 5G ASSURANCE AND SECURITY By Bruce Kelley, NETSCOUT Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Service Provider. l ARTICLE l

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