A common core for fiber, 5G could be just around the corner

Convergence between wireline and wireless networks is one of those ideas that feels like it’s perpetually on the horizon. When the industry took a crack at convergence about 10 years ago, the necessary puzzle pieces just weren’t in place. The big difference now is that everything but the core – the devices, the protocols – is IP-based. Experts told Fierce that a perfect storm of industry trends – virtualisation, disaggregation, 5G, fibre, cloudification – have finally come together to bring the long-sought after approach within reach.

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