One of the key features of 5G is that it creates a modular Service-Based Architecture delivered through Network Functions (NFs). Network Data Analytics Function (NWDAF) allows the data from each of those NFs to be analysed and functions to be automated. This presents the possibility of enabling and accelerating innovation in new services and functionality delivered via 5G networks. By doing so, NWDAF may hold the key to releasing at least some of the value of 5G.
This report examines what NWDAF is and how it might be used, the potential impact on delivery of enterprise services and some of the challenges to its use.