Digital transformation, fueled by the power of mobility, cloud, and broadband, is taking place across all industries. This transformation opens up new use cases for consumers, enterprises, and industries, starting already in 4G/LTE networks. To address these opportunities at scale and at targeted cost, efficiency and flexibility levels calls for a set of specific network capabilities.
Network slicing is a technology that offers exactly this, allowing multiple logical networks to be created on the top of a common shared physical infrastructure.
The key benefits include:
- Greater elasticity, robustness, secure and stable operations through the compartmentalization of the network, applied end-to-end.
- Uncompromising and customizable slices, each optimized for the needs of the services- or segment cluster they are defined to serve.
- Built-in flexibility and efficiency with AI-powered automated service orchestration, from test to launch to the maintenance of new services.
Paving the way to leverage the 5G potential, network slicing provides the answer on how to achieve both increased efficiencies and revenues, through differentiation and faster time-to-market.
Network Slicing in action
Customized connectivity and automated service orchestration
Applications like remote operation of machinery, telesurgery and smart metering all require connectivity, but with vastly different characteristics. New technologies such as virtualization, network programmability and now network slicing enable logical networks that are customized to meet the needs of each application. Network slicing provides greater insight into network resource utilization, with each customized network slice, to match the level of delivery complexity required by the supported services.
As a result, new products and services can be brought to market rapidly, and be easily adapted to fast-changing demands. Ericsson´s 5G platform has all the key components required to deploy network slicing, end-to-end across the Radio Access-, Transport- and core networks, as well as in the critical area of automated service orchestration.
Through these solutions, network slices can be set up based on various service characteristics, such as bandwidth- and latency demands. One use case category example with specific characteristics is Augmented Reality, requiring high throughput, data speed, and low latency. Another is Massive IoT such as connectivity for smart electricity meters, requiring high-reliability data - only at given data rates and security levels. And a third is capacity or coverage on demand, such as is the case in an emergency, for mission-critical services.