Swisscom and Ericsson are closely collaborating on end-to-end network slicing for critical communications in a joint project to deploy and explore new use cases for 4G and 5G, the companies announced in a press release. The project is based on Ericsson radio access and core networks, and one of the first steps is to test how the functionality can support critical communications over public networks, for example, in the public transport sector.
Heinz Herren, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer at Swisscom, said: ‘With Ericsson’s network slicing functionality and complementing features, we can leverage existing infrastructure and assets. In addition to offering mobile broadband services, we will be able to configure dedicated network slices for various industries, meeting the needs of manufacturing, railway, and public safety companies.’
Joakim Sorelius, Head of Product Area Network Systems for Ericsson, added: ‘Network slicing is crucial to guarantee the performance of critical communications, and it is a key enabler to maximise the full business potential of 5G. Together with Swisscom we are creating innovative solutions that optimise existing networks and lay the groundwork for advanced 4G and 5G-enabled applications.’