Ericsson, Oppo and Qualcomm have successfully tested 5G network slicing for the enterprise network on a commercially available smartphone, paving the way for the technology to be rolled out more widely.
Operators view network slicing as one of the biggest revenue opportunities for standalone 5G (5G SA) networks that use a fully virtualized cloud-based backbone and effectively allow them to segment specific parts of the network for specific applications.
Segments can be customized to ensure a specific speed or latency, to cover a specific location, and to enable industrial, broadcast, healthcare, and public service use cases. For example, one network segment can transmit video traffic in the stadium, while another segment is reserved for safety officials.
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Although slicing can be done with LTE, the ultra-fast speeds, greater capacity, and ultra-low latency of 5G will support more advanced applications, while the cloud-based, software-defined networking base layer will allow the flexibility and automation needed to provision and manage any number of segments.
This particular trial was conducted in Oppo’s 5G telecom lab and successfully demonstrated application and network traffic segmentation using Ericsson’s network suite and Oppo Find X5 Pro running Android 12 powered by Qualcomm processor and modem technology.
It is based on previous lab testing from a variety of vendors and industry stakeholders, but the use of a business phone is a milestone.
“5G slicing enables organizations to meet the needs of network security, reliability and resiliency,” said Monica Zithzon, Head of Solution Area Package at Business Area Cloud Software and Services, Ericsson. Built in partnership with Oppo and Qualcomm and powered by Ericsson’s 5G Core and 5G RAN Slicing technologies, this solution provides a foundation for telecom service providers to deliver more 5G services to businesses.
“Slicing 5G networks for enterprises is key to achieving differentiated 5G applications,” added Xia Yang, senior manager of the Carrier product line at Oppo. “Oppo will leverage our strengths in innovation and collaboration across the technology ecosystem to advance the commercialization of 5G technology for enterprise segmentation.
“Together with our partners, we will enable a wide range of users of OPPO products to be the first to enjoy a personalized 5G connectivity experience.”