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A10 Networks Outlines 5G Strategy, Solutions and Roadmap to Help Mobile Carriers


Mobile Operators Working with A10 to Future-Proof Their Networks and
Get Ready for the Mainstream Adoption of 5G and IoT Devices and

, a leading provider of intelligent and automated
cybersecurity solutions, today outlined its strategy, solutions, and
roadmap to help mobile carriers future-proof their networks for the
coming wave of 5G and the demanding new applications, including enhanced
Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications
(URLLC), and Massive Machine Type Communications (MMTC), it will enable.

A10, a leading solutions provider to mobile carriers, has proven
production and pilot
5G deployments
with tier-1 carriers worldwide, and is working with
many others to plan for their future 5G initiatives. A10 addresses
critical 5G requirements for improved security, reliability and
performance, through consolidated solutions, which result in lower
latency, high reliability and lower TCO—all of which are paramount for
5G networks and deliver major benefits in today's networks as well.

"A10 is laser focused on 5G networks. We understand the challenges
network operators are facing and have invested heavily in solving these
challenges," said Lee Chen, Founder and CEO of A10 Networks. "We have
partnered with key technology providers and developed a comprehensive
roadmap to address 5G challenges. Our early bets on 5G solutions are
paying off as we have won multiple pilot projects and are best
positioned to address market needs."

address existing and emerging mobile network architecture
requirements for consolidated services, greater scale, and lower latency
communications across the Gi-LAN, virtualized EPC, and Multi-access Edge
Computing (MEC) environments. A10 solutions also provide full spectrum
security and visibility for the control and user plane operations.

A10 provides a comprehensive strategy for mobile service providers to
successfully deploy 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) or Standalone (SA) solutions:

  • 4G to 5G standard compatibility and investment protection: A10
    supports existing 4G and 3G network architectures and use cases for
    the Gi-LAN and EPC, while meeting the more demanding requirements for
    5G emerging architectures. These solutions can be deployed in today's
    infrastructure, but are future proofed for successful 5G deployments.
    This includes functional consolidation for application visibility and
    control, subscriber-aware intelligent traffic steering, Gi/SGi
    firewall with Carrier-Grade NAT (CGNAT), GTP/SCTP firewall, integrated
    DDoS, and more.
  • Scale for increased subscriber demand: 5G demands are
    inherently different than 4G, with smaller packet sizes, more
    throughput, and higher concurrent session counts observed. A10
    solutions can scale concurrent sessions to multi-billion levels and
    throughput to multi-terabit levels in a scale-out cluster. 5G
    deployments can benefit from compact and efficient options, for
    example 220 Gbps in 1RU PNFs, or high performance 100 Gbps VNFs.
  • Core infrastructure security: With new user plane and control
    plane security requirements coupled with the increased attack surface
    and scale brought by 5G and IoT device proliferation, more advanced,
    scalable and automated approaches are needed for 5G networks. To
    guarantee uptime, and ensure control and user plane security,
    components include, GTP firewall, Gi/SGi firewall, control and user
    plane policy enforcement, DNS protection, security proxies (SEPP), and
    more. Additionally, A10's advanced 5G DDoS Protection solution
    includes Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) via
    Dynamic Attack Pattern Recognition (DAPR), continuous baselining, and
    One-DDoS for distributed intelligence, for full visibility into all
    packets, versus traditional sample-based only solutions.
  • SDN/NFV for agile infrastructure: A10's solutions can be
    delivered in a variety of form factors to meet the demands of the
    emerging SDN and NFV environments, for example PNFs, VNFs, bare metal
    and containers. These solutions are integrated with leading SDN and
    NFV architectures and interoperate with multiple MANO environments for
    faster network rollout and optimized performance and agility. A10 also
    provides flexible software licensing and consumption via A10's
    FlexPool subscription-based capacity pooling licensing.
  • Orchestration and analytics for lower TCO and reduced downtime:
    A10's Harmony Controller provides actionable intelligence to manage
    subscriber services, meet Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) mandates and
    compliance, and deliver per subscriber analytics. Harmony Controller
    provides visibility, management, orchestration and automation.
  • Eco-system partners for a broader solution: A10's products
    integrate with multiple 3rd party solutions and vendors. Ranging from
    DevOps tools, such as Ansible, to providers of 5G solutions such as
    Ericsson, NEC, Tech Mahindra, and Lenovo for a comprehensive


A10's 5G roadmap is focused on 5G solutions to ensure continued scale,
lower-latency, agility, and security. As 5G adoption increasingly
requires multi-terabit performance on the Gi-LAN, A10 will continue to
provide industry-leading scale in both VNFs and PNFs, including
scale-out agile deployments with containerized solutions for virtual
mobile edge compute requirements. With emerging 5G standards and
architecture demanding multi-terabit scale with extremely low latency
solutions on the one hand and very high agility and interoperability on
the other hand, 5G requires a full spectrum of physical, virtual, and
containerized offerings. A10 will continue to evolve with emerging 5G,
and related standards specified by the International Telecommunication
Union (ITU), 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), European
Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and others.

Similarly, the current generation of traditional security services will
not be able to cope with the exploding scale of new 5G and IoT threats.
A new generation of solutions leveraging big data models will provide
cutting-edge predictive analytics, via enhanced ML and AI, for more
autonomous network operations. A10's management and controller
technologies are key foundations to deliver on this requirement.

Working with 5G Deployment Leaders

A10 is partnering with many of the world's top mobile carriers as they
develop 5G pilots and future-proof their networks for the journey ahead.
Two recent examples include:

  • A10's
    Thunder® Convergent Firewall
    (CFW) Gi/SGi firewall solution has
    been selected by a major Japanese mobile carrier for its 5G
    pilot network
    , to complement the massive capacity demands of their
    existing mobile network and help lay the foundation for the mobile
    carrier's 5G production network, expected to become commercially
    available beginning in 2020.
  • Another Asian Tier-1 mobile service provider has selected the A10
    5G-GiLAN™ solution for its next-gen 5G-ready network rollout. The
    service provider is leveraging the Gi/SGi firewall and advanced
    network translation components to provide the scale and security
    needed to meet the demands of its 5G infrastructure rollout and IoT

About A10 Networks

A10 Networks (NYSE:ATEN) is a provider of intelligent and automated
cybersecurity solutions, providing a portfolio of high-performance
secure application solutions that enable intelligent automation with
machine learning to ensure business-critical applications are secure and
always available. Founded in 2004, A10 Networks is based in San Jose,
Calif., and serves customers in more than 80 countries with offices
worldwide. For more information, visit: and

The A10 logo, A10 Networks, A10 Lightning and A10 Harmony are trademarks
or registered trademarks of A10 Networks, Inc. in the United States and
other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their
respective owners.

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