Proximus and Nokia enhance 5G network slicing

29 Jun 2022

Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus and Nokia have announced new enhancements to 5G network slicing performance in congested network conditions, using radio software-defined networking and radio resource technologies. The live trial was performed on the Proximus 5G innovation platform using 50MHz of spectrum in the 3600MHz band based on Nokia’s 5G AirScale base station. It combined new advanced RAN slicing functionalities in the base station with radio software-defined networking (SDN) technology to enable the real-time management of slices and network performance.

Nokia’s 5G RAN slicing solution is available now for trials and will be commercially available in Q3 for 5G Standalone (SA).

Three devices were configured on three end-to-end slices configured respectively with 60%, 30%, and 10% of available bandwidth resources. Each device reached the maximum bandwidth when connected individually and reached the assigned capacity when connected simultaneously. The successful trial assigned specific radio resources per slice which were complemented with further radio capabilities to reduce latency for slices with time-sensitive applications. It also highlighted how an operator can control and dynamically adapt slice parameters in general and in particular set the radio resources per slice.

Belgium, Nokia, Proximus