Enea has announced the creation of a virtualised data schema, which provides mobile operators with a single customisable view of all data models across 4G and 5G.  Developed for the Stratum Network Data Layer, Enea’s telco-grade solution breaks through vertical data silos allowing operators to launch and onboard new use cases such as edge computing, network slicing and IoT while interworking seamlessly with 4G systems and the 5G Core.

With Enea’s open standard virtual schema based on 3GPP guidelines, operators can manage and control both 5G and 4G data – eliminating vendor lock-ins. In contrast to Service Based Architecture (SBA) in 5G, 4G lacks the standards that separate data from functions. As a result, mobile operators have been at the mercy of their infrastructure vendor, with added data management costs when they needed to make system changes to launch new 5G services with legacy 4G data systems.

Commenting on the development, Roland Steiner, Senior Vice President for Telecoms, Eneasaid, “Data is at the heart of 5G, and operators need genuine agility to maximise their potential”. “But network providers have struggled to manage 4G and 5G data on their own terms. Our virtualised 5G core data management solution gives ownership of data back to operators so they can take back control of their data and their network”, Steiner added.

With Stratum’s cloud-native capabilities, mobile operators can dynamically add new services more quickly. Stratum delivers robust data management at the edge; data that is created or updated in one location can be accessed and read anywhere – securely and instantly.

Meanwhile, Dimitris Mavrakis, Senior Research Director, ABI Research, said, “Enea’s Stratum comes at a pivotal moment for operators. Operators want to enter the enterprise market with 5G and use AI and ML to monetise a variety of use cases. Yet 4G/5G centralised data platforms have been a major pain point for operators with proprietary and centralised databases that did not scale. A growing number of operators including AT&T, Telenor, Telefonica, Orange and Vodafone have implemented significant upgrades to their data platform strategies. More operators will deploy virtualised, distributed systems in line with their cloud-native strategies.”