Telecom vendor Ericsson has unveiled a 5G network slicing solution for radio access networks (RAN). It would enable communications service providers to deliver customized 5G services with guaranteed performance.
Now commercially available, Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing allocates radio resources at 1 millisecond scheduling. It supports multi-dimensional service differentiation handling across slices. This would strengthen end-to-end slicing capabilities for dynamic resource management and orchestration, ensuring a high-quality end-user experience required by diverse use cases.
“Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing dynamically optimizes radio resources to deliver significantly more spectrum-efficient radio access network slicing,” said Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson. “What makes our solution distinct is that it boosts end-to-end management and orchestration support for fast and efficient service delivery. This gives service providers the differentiation and guaranteed performance needed to monetize 5G investments with diverse use cases. With 5G as innovation platform, we continue to drive value for our customers.”
Network slicing is one of the major 5G deployment models. Ericsson has ongoing 5G network slicing engagements for RAN, transport, core network and orchestration across the globe involving use cases for the consumer segment and enterprises/industry verticals. These include for example video-assisted remote operations, AR/VR, TV/Media for sports event streaming, cloud gaming, smart city, and applications for Industry 4.0 and public safety.
“End-to-end slicing is key to monetizing 5G investment and RAN slicing will help make that happen,” said Toshikazu Yokai, Executive Officer, Chief Director of Mobile Technology, KDDI. “Across different slices in our mobile networks, RAN slicing will deliver the quality assurance and latency required by our customers.”
Cloud Gaming, Smart Factories, Smart Healthcare
“Ericsson is the first vendor to offer a fully end-to-end solution with RAN slicing based on dynamic radio resource partitioning in under 1 millisecond using embedded radio control mechanisms to assure Quality of Service, Over the Air, in real-time,” said Sue Rudd, Director, Networks and Service Platforms, Strategy Analytics. “This truly end-to-end approach integrates radio optimization with policy-controlled network orchestration to deliver inherently secure virtualized private RAN slicing without the loss of the 30 – 40 percent spectrum capacity due to ‘hard slicing’. Ericsson’s real-time dynamic RAN slicing bridges the ‘RAN gap’ to make e2e slicing profitable.”
An Ericsson report estimates $712 billion in an addressable consumer market for service providers by 2030. The addressable market for network slicing alone in the enterprise segment is projected at $300 billion by 2025 (GSMA data).
As 5G scales up, service providers would be looking to maximize returns on their investments by targeting innovative and high revenue-generating use cases such as cloud gaming, smart factories, and smart healthcare.
“We’re gearing up for the next stage of 5G where we expect to apply end-to-end network slicing, and 5G RAN slicing is key to guaranteed performance,” said Mark Düsener, Head of Mobile and Mass Market Communication at Swisscom. “With efficient sharing of network resources across different slices, we will be able to provide communications for diverse 5G applications such as public safety or mobile private networks.”