5G Core Network Functions

This post touches upon the 5G network functions (NFs) related to core network. Some of them look very similar to the corresponding functions in the previous generations’ core networks. This of course is not surprising, as the network always has to carry out some basic functions such as: communicate with the UE, store its subscription and credentials, allow access to external networks & services, provide security and manage the network access and mobility. However, we will also see some new functions, not present before, which are needed to enable the new network paradigms like slicing and service-based networking.