Nokia has announced the launch of new end-to-end slicing network functionality for 4G and 5G New Radio (NR). The solution will support connectivity from 4G and 5G devices over the sliced network to applications running in private and public clouds and will be available this summer. It was developed in partnership with A1 Austria and Telia Finland and can be deployed via a software upgrade into existing LTE and 5G NSA networks and subsequently 5G standalone SA networks. The slicing continuity between LTE and 5G NR allows operators to maximise their network coverage for new mobile connectivity services.
‘We are proud to be among the first operators worldwide to successfully demonstrated end-to-end network slicing, spanning the core, transport and radio over our 4G as well as 5G networks,’ commented Alexander Kuchar, Director of Technology and Future Services at A1 Telekom Austria Group, adding: ‘For our business customers, it will be a huge advantage to be able to benefit from dedicated mobile communication services, exclusive capacities, strong data security and transmission with high reliability and low latency by integrating A1’s highly reliable and excellent infrastructure and services offering into their internal processes. Network slicing in 4G and extended in 5G will play a key role in allowing A1 to develop new market segments and revenue streams.’