Nokia and Mobily have successfully piloted 4G and 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) network slicing on Mobily’s live commercial network, claiming that this is ‘the first sliced FWA deployment in the world’. The ongoing pilot, which took place in the capital city of Riyadh, occurred in a multi-vendor environment and included sliced access, transport and core networks with management and assurance capabilities. The solution will allow Mobily to offer new FWA services to priority consumer and enterprise customers. It also enables slicing per application, including voice, data, online gaming or home office applications. Nokia’s 4G/5G network slicing solution works in LTE, 5G non-standalone (NSA) and 5G standalone (SA) networks. It provides mobile broadband connectivity from 4G/5G devices and customer premises equipment (CPE) to cloud applications through sliced access, transport and core. With the Nokia slicing solution, Mobily can divide its network into multiple virtual networks and offer FWA service tiers and premium services to its customers utilising advanced network resource allocation mechanisms.
During the pilot, Mobily utilised Nokia’s AirScale 4G/5G base stations with its NetAct solution with management, control and assurance, as well as Nokia’s routers, Network Services Platform (NSP) and Digital Operations software. Mobily also used existing third-party core as well as Nokia’s FastMile 4G/5G FWA gateway and third-party CPE products. The slicing capabilities are implemented with software upgrades and configurations into Mobily’s existing network.