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Ericsson to bring network slicing to 5G devices

Swedish telecommunications specialist Ericsson has announced the launch of its Dynamic Network Slice Selection solution for 5G devices. The company says the system will play a crucial role in enabling service providers to offer innovative services to enter new markets and expand their business.

Ericsson says 5G enables new business model innovation across all industries, and network slicing has been shown to be a fundamental way of providing customised services and use-cases for enterprises in multiple verticals with corresponding network requirements.

The innovation will allow communication service providers (CSPs) the ability to flexibly separate services in their 5G network and enhance traffic steering to maximise quality of experience on a single device, Ericsson added.

According to the communications company, users will benefit from differentiated services such as a generic mobile broadband slice for basic consumer services, a specific slice for a service like gaming and a high-security slice for enterprise applications such as video conferencing and collaboration. Application developers could use this technology to improve the quality of experience for their applications, for example by decreasing latency.

The device ecosystem has now started to develop support for multiple network slices on commercial smartphones.

Monica Zethzon, head of solution area packet core at Ericsson says: “We are now enhancing the Ericsson 5G Core portfolio with new network slicing capabilities, by introducing Ericsson Dynamic Network Slice Selection. This enables our customers to provide differentiated 5G services to their enterprise and consumer customers, by enabling multiple tailored network slices on a single 5G device.”

The first steps have been taken to enable enterprise services in smartphones for high-quality connectivity, and support for consumer services in smartphones will follow, as well as support in other 5G devices.

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The Swedish brand has also been actively working with the device ecosystem to introduce 3GPP-standards based user equipment route selection policies (URSP) in 5G networks to enable application traffic steering with network slices, the company said in a statement.

URSP is one of the main functionalities being implemented in 5G smartphones and 5G network infrastructure and allows devices to have multiple network slices on the same device with traffic detection and steering capabilities.

Ericsson is now introducing new capabilities in the 5G Core portfolio, with the Ericsson Dynamic Network Slice Selection solution, which enables flexible separation of services and enhances traffic steering to maximise quality of experience on a single device. This promises to bring benefits to enterprises by supporting optimal selection of slice security for enterprise devices, by enabling use of dedicated work profiles.

The Ericsson capability is also key to effective edge compute deployments by allowing edge breakout of user plane for optimised network characteristics, Ericsson said.

January 2021 saw the launch of 5G RAN Slicing that supports customised business models and growth requirements, strengthening end-to-end network slicing capabilities needed to deliver different services over a common infrastructure and ensuring end-to-end network slice management and orchestration support for fast service delivery, Ericsson said.

The solution is said to be an integral part of Ericsson’s end-to-end network slicing offering with BSS, OSS, Core, 5G RAN slicing and Transport domains and enables simplified introduction in CSP networks.

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