While full adoption is yet to be attained, the 5G network is already garnering praises from consumers and entrepreneurs alike. Actually, it is destined to replace the 4G LTE network despite the fact that adoption can never be attained overnight. Better than LTE network, there have been 3GPP changes to the fundamental charging system standards.

And there’s nothing wrong with these changes as they play a vital role when it comes to harnessing 5G security. But before making the switch, it is in your best interest to better understand these changes. Fortunately, that’s what this simple guide will take you through today.

Charging for Network Slices

Network slicing is undeniably among the most vital use cases enabled by SGC. Keep in mind the charging for network slice counts on a new set of capabilities than those available with the traditional charging solution. This newly defined network referred to as the Charging Enablement Function (CEF) will be an integral part of the overall 5G online charging system.

Ensure you understand how it works to increase your chances of getting the most from this new set of capabilities. The good news is you no longer have to go through a lot before you finally access this information since it is readily available online. Alternatively, you can choose to enlist professional help just as you would do when it comes to 5G security.

Service-Based Architecture

The Converged Charging System (CCS) leverages the Service-Based Architecture (SBA) to give users a remarkable experience. What this simply means is that the network functions within the 5G CCS are designed as microservices. That’s why they are capable of interacting with the external world using as Service-Based Interface (SBI).

Thanks to this new architecture, the solution is now very granular with the option to deploy only the needed microservices. It is then that it can scale them on demand before deploying them at the edge of the network, the central data center, or both.  This goes a long way in offering significant flexibility and resiliency, especially in multi-location distributed cloud networks.