5G Standalone (SA) Core Network


A cloud-native and container-based standalone (SA) 5G core network allowing reliable and secure connectivity to network services and high performance UPF with ground-breaking throughput.

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Technical name of innovation
5G Standalone (SA) Core Network - High performance, cloud-native and container-based
Research completion
Commercialisation opportunities
IP licensing ;Technology co-development
Problem addressed

Reliable, secure, ultra-low latency, high throughput, higher deployment agility and flexibility are just a few features offered by a 5G Core. With a 5G Core, the mobile communication experience can be greatly enhanced, with better end user experience, quicker service to market time, simplified network operations and improved network capabilities. Vertical and enterprise markets can benefit from lower costs and more flexible deployments, with options of end-to-end network slicing, edge computing, scaling and upgrades.

  • Service-Based Architecture (SBA) supporting Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Network Functions (NF) pools
  • 1.34Tbps data throughput on a single Intel x86 server
  • Local Traffic Breakout supporting edge computing uplink classifier/branching point and Local Area Data Network (LADN)
  • Cloud-Native with microservice-based stateless NF with load balancing and clustering, supporting orchestrations, OAM, and auto-scaling
Key impact
  • Top of the line in data throughput performance
  • Supports features certified and aligned with industry requirements
  • Flexible topologies to meet requirements of vertical markets
  • Capable of auto-scaling for easy maintenance and to meet different needs
  • Accelerating business innovation in vertical industries
  • 2021 Communication Product Technology Industry Leading Award (COMMUNICATIONSWEEKLY, MWC Shanghai 2021)
  • Certificate of Merit winner of 2021-22 Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Technological Achievement category
  • 2022 the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva – Gold Award  
  • Smart City Applications
  • Enterprise Network
  • Connected Vehicles
  • Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Industrial Automation


  • US App. No. 17/228,067; CN App No. 202180001114.6 and HK App No. 62021040006.0
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI)

Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competence in various areas is grouped under four Technology Divisions: Trust and AI Technologies; Communications Technologies; IoT Sensing and AI Technologies and Integrated Circuits and Systems. It is applied across six core areas which are Smart City, Financial Technologies, New-Industrialisation and Intelligent Manufacturing, Digital Health, Application Specific Integrated Circuits and Metaverse.