Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom (DT) have announced that they have successfully demonstrated 5G end-to-end network slicing enabling a ‘performance on demand’ model for video streaming, where customers can control and alter their service automatically, based on performance quality needs. The proof-of-concept sets a benchmark for ‘network-as-a-service’ innovation, revealing how 5G network slicing can enable a new level of flexibility and control for enterprise customers. It also successfully implemented fully automated configuration, provisioning and end-to-end orchestration of the slicing service. The partners worked together in DT’s lab in Bonn, using a commercial-grade 5G Standalone (SA) network provided by Ericsson to implement end-to-end network slicing infrastructure and 5G integration of slice-specific network exposure.
‘The groundbreaking integration of network exposure capability into 5G network slicing lays a technical foundation for 5G service innovation,’ said Alex Choi, SVP of Technology Strategy and Innovation at DT, adding: ‘Working with partners like Ericsson, we will continue to explore 5G Standalone’s potential as we seek to build a flexible platform-based ecosystem with customer-centric, network-as-a-service models.’