Vodafone and Ericsson completed a successful lab trial demonstrating 5G network slicing with on-demand quality of service control for virtual reality use case.
- Vodafone and Ericsson complete successful lab trial to demonstrate 5G network slicing with on-demand quality of service control for virtual reality use case.
- Trial is a first for the UK telecoms and technology industry.
- The automated process – from order placement, through to creation, optimisation and provision of the network slice – took 30 minutes.
- 5G network slicing will enable on-demand, dedicated and secure end-to-end connectivity for consumers and businesses with guaranteed quality of service.
- Network slicing can enable specialist use cases such as enhanced autonomous driving, remote healthcare and virtual/augmented reality.
Vodafone and Ericsson have successfully completed the UK’s first 5G standalone (SA) network slicing trial.
Network slicing is a new service for business customers and application developers, enabled by the deployment of 5G Standalone (SA) networks. The service allows mobile operators to create multiple virtual network slices which operate across the same physical network. Each slice is isolated from other network traffic to give dedicated and guaranteed performance, with the features of the slice tailored to the use case requirements.
In a joint lab demonstration, the two technology teams worked together to create an on-demand 5G network slice that was configured, using a RAN slicing function, to provide the low latency and high bandwidth required for a virtual reality use case in a retail store. The slice guaranteed a download speed of 260Mbps and latency of 12.4 milliseconds.
The lab trial is the first of its kind for the mobile industry in the UK.
Each slice is isolated from other network traffic to give dedicated and guaranteed performance, with the features of the slice tailored to the use case requirements.
The process, from placing an order to creation of the network slice to carry live network traffic, took just 30 minutes. This demonstrates Vodafone and Ericsson’s ability to rapidly deliver automated and customised connectivity services as customers’ needs change.
A network slice can be customised to several different variables, including geographical location of slice (single office location to nationwide), download and upload speeds (minimum thresholds), latency (maximum threshold), capacity (device connection density in specific areas), and security (enhanced cybersecurity features).
New capabilities and services for customers may include secure communications for remote workers, high performing cloud-based and mobile gaming, enhanced safety in autonomous vehicles, and remote assistance for specialist procedures in hospitals and ambulances.