Telus and Ericsson accelerating commercial 5G applications with standards-based network slicing

14 May 2021

Canadian operator Telus and Swedish vendor Ericsson have claimed a ‘first’ with a multi-vendor network slicing proof of concept based on 3GPP Release 16 and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Layer 3 NW Yang Model (L3NM). Telus CTO Ibrahim Gedeon declared: ‘This development is very meaningful as it lays the technical foundation for 5G evolution into a service-aware network.’ Peo Lehto, Head of Solution Area OSS, Ericsson, added: ‘Network slicing represents a multi-billion dollar market opportunity for service providers like Telus which when enabled, orchestrated and ultimately monetised propels them to the heart of the digital transformation of their enterprise customers.’

The partners’ press release noted: ‘End-to-end network slicing will support every industry as they use IoT opportunities and low-latency services to find new business models and use cases. Each slice provides a dedicated network to meet the needs of specific applications that can create new revenue opportunities, enabling maximum return on investment and providing differentiated services at scale.’ Based on multi-vendor technology, the proof of concept deployed in a lab environment covered the vertical domains of Core and IP Transport slice, alongside the ‘horizontal aspect of customer and slice ordering assurance.’ Telus and Ericsson verified ‘enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) and massive machine-type-communications (mMTC) telco-technical uses cases with plans to further collaborate on ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLCC).’

Canada, Ericsson, Telus Corporation