Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson demonstrate 5G slicing for enterprise

15 October 2021 | Saf Malik

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Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson have demonstrated the implementation of 5G network slicing for enterprise use cases for the first time.

The partners say they have validated the capability of 5G SA end-to-end network slicing infrastructure in Deutsche Telekom’s Bonn lab through a video production use case.

The use case allows a video director to adapt their slice service on-demand according to the requirements of different video streams.

Network slicing enables multiple virtual networks to be created on a single physical network infrastructure. Different service characteristics and quality parameters can then be provided to ‘slice’ adapted to customer needs and with full isolation between slices.

This will support operators to develop new differentiated services and business models.

“The ground-breaking integration of network exposure capability into 5G network slicing lays a technical foundation for 5G service innovation,” said Alex Choi, SVP of technology strategy and innovation at Deutsche Telekom. 

“Working with partners like Ericsson, we will continue to explore 5G Standalone’s potential as we seek to build a flexible platform-based ecosystem with customer-centric network-as-a-service models.”

Earlier in the year, the companies, along with Samsung Electronics had announced the trial of a multi-vendor 5G end-to-end network slicing service with a commercial 5G device. 

This latest development, though, is the first demonstration of 5G network slicing use case for enterprise.  

Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson added that fully automated configuration, provisioning and end-to-end orchestration of the enterprise slicing service order was also realised in the proof of concept which used commercial grade 5G SA provided by Ericsson.

The network exposure function in 5G provides the ability to convert network capabilities and network APIs into special service APIs tailored for specific use cases and associated applications. With this flexibility, Deutsche Telekom says, customers can benefit from a superior experience and partners can build innovative applications on top. 

“New digital services will become reality because 5G network slicing makes it possible to create fit-for-purpose software-defined virtual networks with defined characteristics,” Erik Ekudden, CTO at Ericsson said. 

“We are very proud to closely collaborate with Deutsche Telekom as one of the globally leading operators, to bring the value of network slicing, exposure, and automation to the market.”