Ready your network for a 5G revolution.

The possibility—and challenges—of a 5G future.

We live in an increasingly digital world, with global digitalization efforts taking hold in both business and consumer markets. From the increasing number of connected devices to the speed and agility available through the latest technologies, people are connecting in more ways than ever before. Your opportunities are huge, with the potential to create entirely new revenue streams. However, the challenges must also be addressed. Networks are more taxed than ever, both by the sheer number of devices, as well as the behaviors they enable. To capitalize on this brave new world, your network must continue to evolve to keep up with the demands of a 5G reality.


Preparing for what’s next.

New opportunities create new challenges—but your old ones haven’t gone away. Consumers expect stellar performance, the latest features, and complete security; they’re unsympathetic to the capital and operational expenses required to deliver them and are loath to pay more for monthly service. You must maintain competitive pricing while accounting for shifts in these key areas.

New revenue opportunities

Because subscriber growth is tapering off, finding new ways to monetize network traffic can help you maintain a competitive edge and obtain market growth.

Network optimization

It’s unrealistic and expensive to solve performance challenges by adding network hardware. Rather than increasing infrastructure, improve how your existing systems handle traffic to meet next-generation demands.

The vulnerability of devices

Millions of connected devices mean millions of potential back doors for hackers. Your security solutions have to account for all manner of complex attack vectors.

Transitioning from 4G/LTE

The shift from 4G/LTE to 5G is coming fast, but certainly won’t be like flipping a switch. You’ll have to balance the migration to 5G while continuing to meet subscriber quality of experience expectations on 4G/LTE networks.

How F5 solutions fit in your network.


Gi LAN consolidation brings multiple layer-4 through layer-7 functions into a single solution. Combined with NFV, F5 delivers a highly scalable platform with the technology to provide necessary policy management, scale-out, optimization, failover, and redundancy mechanisms. 

Service velocity

Network slicing enables you to segment your network and dedicate resources to different use cases, allowing you optimize your infrastructure and create new service offerings.

Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) allows you to deploy application and network functions much closer to end users. BIG-IP virtual editions (VEs) are available for all layer-4 through layer-7 networking functions.


GTP security protects your control and data plane traffic while implementing FS.20 protections on roaming traffic. With class-leading flexibility and scalability, it protects the most demanding roaming infrastructure.

IoT solutions provide security for both your network and data center. Implement a Gi firewall, subscriber-aware firewall, protection against “unmanaged” IoT devices, and a protocol parser to verify MQTT messages.

DDoS solutions protect you in the network, data center, and cloud. Our three-tier approach starts with our cloud-based Silverline® DDoS mitigation service. The second tier stops volumetric attacks that occur inside your network. The third tier is at your data center, located in front of application servers and control plane elements.

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