5G network slicing enables businesses to enhance their network security, reliability, and flexibility needs by creating independent logical network slices on the same physical cellular wireless network infrastructure. The Network Slicing framework is one of the major additions to the 5G Standalone standards. While it is still in its infancy, it is also one of the essential pillars for enabling operators to create and deliver new services. Network slicing is a complex technical capability as it touches nodes in all the wireless network domains – device, core, transport, and radio.
“Commercializing 5G Network Slicing” explores how end to end network slicing can enable communication service providers to meet all the needs from their enterprise and business customers. It provides a deep dive into the main technical concept of Network Slicing and explains the technical concepts and standards that support them. It covers network slicing-based services with future improvements and insights into architecture models while providing clarity into the complexity of initial commercialization possibilities.
Topics explored in this white paper include:
- Introduction to Network Slicing Concepts
- Standards and Industry Forum Framework for Network Slicing
- Network Slicing Use Cases and Ecosystem Status
- Slice Orchestration and Automation
- Network Function Virtualization (NFV) in Network Slicing
- Evolution of Network Slicing Technology: Standards development, Vertical Slicing, Horizontal Slicing, Shared Networks and Multi-Tenancy
The white paper also does more than just clarifying the engineering concepts and use cases. It takes a detailed look into the central compromises of business and technology as network slicing commercial products and services are considered across different varieties of slicing, including localized, area-wide, nationwide, temporary, and long-term or permanent use cases. Additional opportunities for upsell or premium services are also discussed, including subscription-based, policy-based, and application-based slicing scenarios.