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Telefonica taps IBM for 5G core network build

September 23, 2021

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IBM announced Thursday that Telefonica has awarded it a multi-year contract to develop the Spanish telco’s new cloud-based 5G core network platform, dubbed UNICA Next. The new 5G core will be built using IBM Cloud Pak for network automation, Red Hat OpenShift, and Juniper Networks Apstra and QFX technology.

“Building out the UNICA Next platform with its next-generation network architecture shows how important it is to build the infrastructure now to support the deployment of 5G. 5G has the potential to support thousands of use cases and applications for consumers and enterprises in all industries,” said Telefonica’s director of strategy, network and IT development, Javier Gutierrez.

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