A new collaborative tech project to enable better network connectivity
Developed by Facebook and now part of the Linux Foundation, Magma Core aims to make mobile networks easy to use.
The Linux Foundation has announced a new project with an ambitious goal: Build an open, carrier-agnostic, stateless, cloud-driven mobile network, capable of integrating with existing LTE. If that all feels too good to be true, you may not be aware of the ace up the sleeve of the base: The Magma Core.
Originally developed by Facebook and open source in 2019, Magma Core is a software platform that defined Facebook as making mobile networks so easy to set up using a Wi-Fi access point. The foundation of Magma is the core of an access-agnostic mobile package coupled with cloud-based network management automation and the ability to transmit data over “both virtual and container network functions (xNFs) providing built-in wireless access, portable Wi-Fi, private LTE and 5G, network expansion, and mobile broadband, "the Linux Foundation said in a press release announcing the project.
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As part of the new initiative, the management of Magma is going to the Linux Foundation, where it will be managed in neutral. Several high-profile telecom and internet companies have joined the project as founding members, such as Magma Developer Facebook, Qualcomm, Deutsche Telekom, and the Open Infrastructure Foundation, among others.
The aim of the project is likely to be to use Magma as the basis for easily transferable and quickly scalable networks to extend mobile networks to rural environments typically protected by cellular service providers. .
The Linux Foundation describes Magma as an enabling tool for better network connectivity in five different ways:
- Operators will have the ability to expand access by using LTE, 5G, Wi-Fi, and CBRS technologies as one large network;
- Cellular service can be offered without vendor locking;
- More efficient and automated network management, leading to less downtime, more expectation, and more flexibility;
- Existing mobile network operators will be able to interact with new Magma-based infrastructure;
- Supports 5G open source and future investment of wireless network.
“A number of Magma community members are also collaborating in the Telecom Infra (TIP) Open Core Network project group to define, build, test, and deploy basic network products that bring together Magma software acceleration to hardware and software solutions inseparable with the TIP. Open Core Ecosystem, "said the Linux Foundation.
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The Open Core Network project aims to be designed by Magma, and aims to “develop an open, cloud - native, and integrated core that is a collection of micro - services implementing various network functions… the goal is to innovate on the key technologies of the portfolio. over any access wireless networks operating on a licensed, unlicensed and shared spectrum, "said its website.
Don’t expect Magma to start redesigning the mobile network world overnight: The building blocks are in place, but it will take a long time to redesign the cellular service paradigm. Interested developers will find part of the Magma Community project on Github; additional documentation can be found on the Magma website.