Deutsche Telekom claims ‘industry first’ to validate multi-vendor 5G slicing

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Working with Ericsson, Nokia and Qualcomm, Deutsche Telekom says it has accomplished the world’s first end-to-end data transmission in two network slices on a multi-vendor platform.

The partners say that achieving this (in a lab environment) validates the feasibility of 5G network slicing for customised enterprise solutions.

The data calls were transmitted using a 5G smartphone form factor test device, powered by a Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System which enables data transmission over two network slices. The platform integrates standalone (SA) 5G New Radio (NR) from Ericsson and a 5G core from Nokia on a 5G SA architecture.

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Next stop, automation

Network slicing is the virtual splitting of network resources and paths into network ‘slices’ so that different service characteristics and quality parameters can then be provided per slice, according to customer needs.

Alex Jinsung Choi, SVP Strategy & Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom, said, “Full 5G network slicing promises to bring a whole new level of service experience for our enterprise customers. Customers should be able to provision slices for a variety of use cases with different service level needs and performance requirements.

“We are excited to achieve this technical validation of end-to-end multi-vendor slicing with our innovation partners. As a next phase, we will focus on realising the full automation of slices as a key step to unlock the true value of 5G for enterprise customers.”