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The open-source Magma project will become 5G's Linux

The open-source Magma project will become 5G's Linux

Facebook's Magma brings open-source mobile cores to carrier-grade LTE and 5G. Moving ahead, Magma will run with the Linux Foundation using a vendor-neutral governance framework.


5G is one part hardware, one part standards -- oh so many 5G standards, and one part software. Indeed, it wasn't for 5G's open-source technologies, 5G wouldn't have gotten off the ground. Now, the software and hardware sides of 5G are getting closer together than ever with the cellular core, network software open-source stack Magma.

Magma was developed by Facebook to help telecom operators deploy mobile networks quickly and easily. The project, which Facebook open-sourced in 2019, does this by providing a software-centric distributed mobile packet core and tools for automating network management. This containerized network function integrates with the existing back end of a mobile network and makes it easy to launch new services at the network edge.

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