Dr Mark Gregory of RMIT University told iTWire that a 5G edge separation between the core and the radio network had been demonstrated in New Zealand by the telco Spark, using Cisco evolved packet core and Huawei 5G NR and radio access network in 2018.
"Many nations have decided to utilise 5G equipment from one or more companies separated core and radio access network solutions," he said.
"There is flexibility afforded in the ITU standards for separation at the 5G edge if a network operator wishes to do so."
When iTWire queried this statement, the ASD claimed that Burgess was referring to "mature" and "far more capable 5G network architectures". This has also been found to be incorrect as was pointed out in a 3GPP panel discussion in September last year.
But Burgess is not the only one to keep parroting this falsehood. More recently, Nigel Phair director of UNSW Canberra Cyber, made the same claim.
And ex-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull followed suit during a speech in London last week. "Network function virtualisation and mobile edge computing means processing, or intelligence, will be distributed throughout the network, and the old distinction between the core and the Radio Access Network (or edge) will no longer be applicable," he said.
Dr Gregory said the media should encourage those claiming that there is no 5G edge separation mechanism to provide evidence so that a public review could be carried out.
"An argument based on how vendors may or may not implement 5G network solutions is not justification to make claims on how the 5G edge can be implemented," he said.