The majority of services in 5G networks are implemented as software that can be hosted on cloud platforms. This evolution of telecom network functions enables operators to create networks that are flexible, agile, scalable, and fully adaptable. This evolution requires operators to transform their existing pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment phases to adopt the ‘Automation First’ strategy. It is critical to have holistic and end-to-end automation that covers everything from planning to operations. This whitepaper presents ideas for the implementation of E2E automation of all the key phases of network functions life cycle starting from onboarding to deployment of 5GC functions. This includes new evolving topics such as service mesh implementation for installations and upgrades to minimize downtime. Download the whitepaper to know more.