Sponsored by Huawei
There can be little doubt that 5G will be a commercial success, but Mobile Service Providers (MSPs) will need to do more than simply deploy 5G base stations to maximize the full potential from 5G. Initial 5G networks will have a Non-Standalone (NSA) architecture, which allow a MSP to commence 5G operations with 4G core network.
However, once MSPs have a complete End-to-End (E2E) 5G network, a Standalone (SA) architecture, including the core network, MSPs will then be able to pursue network slicing-based operations that give them a competitive edge.
Network slicing enables related logical network functions from the Radio Access Network (RAN) to the core network to serve the needs of specific application users, as an “instance” or a slice of the entire network. Examples of network slicing could be smart manufacturing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), public safety 5G, supporting autonomous driving (Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I)) and Wireless-to-the-x (WTTx) ultra-broadband users.
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