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Slicing capabilities of 5G laptop networks from Ericsson, Intel and Microsoft

The slicing of 5G networks is maturing rapidly, with conversion moving from possible to The hardware ecosystem to be a part of These dedicated mobile networks. right Now, Ericsson and industry partners Intel and Microsoft say they are shattered The near prevalence of smartphones as the only 5G device, and claims Raised the bar for network slicing by demonstrating the end-to-end standalone 5G network slicing capabilities on a Windows laptop, See usage in enterprise applications.

Powered by Intel processors and running on the Windows 11 operating system (OS), Interoperability Development Testing (IoDT), conducted at Ericsson Lab in Sweden, demonstrated the use of multiple network chips on mobile-connected laptops for consumer and enterprise use cases such as gaming and mobile applications. Mobile collaboration.

Partners said that chopping the network was a long time ago It is seen as vital to capturing the value that 5G can provide to Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and enterprises. they quoted research from the World Mobile Trade Association GSMA show th The network slicing market alone is expected to be in the enterprise segment $300 billion by 2025.

They added that network segmentation capabilities will benefit consumer and enterprise segments by defining a specific SLA per segment for existing and emerging Windows applications and use cases, such as real-time enterprise applications such as Microsoft Teams and Office365, games and media streaming, and emerging artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality applications. Extended Reality (AR/XR).

The trial also aims to demonstrate 5G monetization opportunities beyond smartphone hardware and open the door to a broader ecosystem of 5G devices, allowing companies to broaden their horizons when considering opportunities to generate profitable 5G use cases. They noted that laptop-type devices, in particular, are essential to enterprise productivity, and added that the inclusion of Windows 11 laptops in the ranks of devices that can be used to market 5G slicing is a sign of the ecosystem’s maturity.

By demonstrating that a single Windows 11 device can take advantage of multiple chips, which are used according to on-device usage profiles and network policies defined at the CSP level, partners said they can demonstrate the flexibility and range of potential use cases available with this technology.

The network segmentation experiment used User Equipment Path Selection Policy (URSP), a capability that enables devices to automatically choose between different segments according to the application they are in. It also used Ericsson’s dynamic network slicing selection, Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core capabilities and Ericsson’s RAN Slicing capabilities to secure user service differentiation. The telecom technology providers said they have jointly provided the network capabilities required for this solution.

“Extending the hardware range of network segmentation to include mobile PCs will allow new business segments to create a variety of consumer and enterprise use cases,” said Sibel Toumpas, Head of 5G RAN Product Line at Ericsson. “Together with Intel and Microsoft, we have shown how collaboration in the ecosystem can open up new possibilities. We will continue to enhance Ericsson’s network segmentation capabilities and work with industry partners to enable more applications on many devices, spreading the benefits of 5G in the consumer and enterprise sectors. “.

“We’re excited to showcase our cutting-edge technology and its ability to provide fast, reliable, and secure 5G connectivity on Windows 11,” added Ian Legro, Microsoft’s vice president of platform innovation for operating systems. “Partnering with Intel and Ericsson only further reinforces our commitment to innovation and openness in our platform.”