Deploy a private mobile network through Azure Private 5G Core Preview - Azure portal

Private mobile networks provide high performance, low latency, and secure connectivity for 5G Internet of Things (IoT) devices. In this how-to guide, you'll use the Azure portal to deploy a private mobile network to match your enterprise's requirements.

Prerequisites

Deploy your private mobile network

In this step, you'll create the Mobile Network resource representing your private mobile network as a whole. You can also provision one or more SIMs, and / or create the default service and SIM policy.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. In the Search bar, type mobile networks and then select the Mobile Networks service from the results that appear.

    Screenshot of the Azure portal showing a search for the Mobile Networks service.

  3. On the Mobile Networks page, select Create.

    Screenshot of the Azure portal showing the Create button on the Mobile Networks page.

  4. Use the information you collected in Collect private mobile network resource values to fill out the fields on the Basics configuration tab. Once you've done this, select Next : SIMs >.

    Screenshot of the Azure portal showing the Basics configuration tab.

  5. On the SIMs configuration tab, select your chosen input method by selecting the appropriate option next to How would you like to input the SIMs information?. You can then input the information you collected in Collect SIM and SIM Group values.

    • If you decided that you don't want to provision any SIMs at this point, select Add SIMs later.
    • If you select Add manually, a new Add SIM button will appear under Enter SIM profile configurations. Select it, fill out the fields with the correct settings for the first SIM you want to provision, and select Add SIM. Repeat this process for every additional SIM you want to provision.

    Screenshot of the Azure portal showing the Add SIM screen.

    • If you select Upload JSON file, the Upload SIM profile configurations field will appear. Use this field to upload your chosen JSON file.

    Screenshot of the Azure portal showing the SIMs configuration tab.

  6. If you're provisioning SIMs at this point, you'll need to take the following additional steps.

    1. If you want to use the default service and SIM policy, set Do you wish to create a basic, default SIM policy and assign it to these SIMs? to Yes, and then enter the name of the data network into the Data network name field that appears.
    2. Under Enter SIM group information, set SIM group name to your chosen name for the SIM group to which your SIMs will be added.
    3. Under Enter encryption details for SIM group, set Encryption type to your chosen encryption type. Once the SIM group is created, you cannot change the encryption type.
    4. If you selected Customer-managed keys (CMK), set the Key URI and User-assigned identity to those the SIM group will use for encryption.
  7. Select Review + create.

  8. Azure will now validate the configuration values you've entered. You should see a message indicating that your values have passed validation.

    Screenshot of the Azure portal showing validated configuration for a private mobile network.

    If the validation fails, you'll see an error message and the configuration tab(s) containing the invalid configuration will be flagged with red dots. Select the flagged tab(s) and use the error messages to correct invalid configuration before returning to the Review + create tab.

  9. Once the configuration has been validated, select Create to create the Mobile Network resource and any SIM resources.

  10. The Azure portal will now deploy the resources into your chosen resource group. You'll see the following confirmation screen when your deployment is complete.

    Screenshot of the Azure portal. It shows confirmation of the successful creation of a private mobile network.

    Select Go to resource group, and then check that your new resource group contains the correct Mobile Network resource. It may also contain the following, depending on the choices you made during the procedure.

    • A SIM group resource (if you provisioned SIMs).
    • Service, SIM Policy, Data Network, and Slice resources (if you decided to use the default service and SIM policy).

    Screenshot of the Azure portal showing a resource group containing Mobile Network, SIM, SIM group, Service, SIM policy, Data Network, and Slice resources.

Next steps

You can either begin designing policy control to determine how your private mobile network will handle traffic, or you can start adding sites to your private mobile network.