5GTANGO has just released a blog post on 5GTANGO and Network Slicing.
NETWORK SLICING IS A 5G CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY, which is able to create multiple types of virtual networks, tailored to accommodate different requirements for several use cases and verticals, on top of a common physical infrastructure.
Currently, OPERATORS NEED TO BUILD COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT AND SILOED NETWORKS for different purposes. As an example, operators providing LTE for Internet broadband services cannot accommodate properly the requirements for IoT devices (e.g., smart meters), and they need to create IoT specific networks, such as Sigfox, preventing synergies among them.
In the future, using network slicing technologies, operators will be able to rely on a SHARED PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO CREATE MULTIPLE NETWORK SLICES that fit with the characteristics required by different use cases and vertical industries. For instance, an IoT slice does not need large bandwidth or mobility support, but it requires low signaling levels to reduce energy consumption. On the other hand, augmented reality requires highly distributed network nodes to reduce latency, ensuring a correct overlapping of virtual objects over real images.
Virtualization technologies are underpinning the 5G NETWORK SLICING CONCEPT, fostering the ability to create networks in a very flexible manner. The slice life-cycle can be managed as any other virtualized networking entity (e.g., NFV), allowing operators to easily create end-to-end networks by combining virtualized network components.
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