Nokia 5G ‘commercial’ demo, network slicing slated for 5G World
Nokia 5G demonstration plans include a claimed first ever network running on commercial platforms and cloud orchestration-based network slicing
Ahead of this week’s 5G World event, Nokia said it plans to demonstrate a “5G” network running on commercial platforms at the show in London. The telecom vendor claims the demo will be the “first ever” and highlights the continued momentum behind the move towards 5G.
The demonstration is said to take advantage of Nokia’s previously shown AirScale Radio Access technology with the inclusion of its Cloud Packet Core running on an AirFrame data center platform. The AirScale Radio Access technology is expected to show support for spectrum in the 4.5 GHz band using “higher order” multiple-input/multiple-output antenna technology, while the Cloud Packet Core is said to feature the company’s Mobility Management Entity, System Architecture Evolution Gateway and Home Subscriber Server operating on AirFrame data center platform.
“By introducing 5G-ready technologies now in our commercial solutions, which support today’s LTE-Advanced and the upcoming LTE-Advanced Pro/Pro II, our customers can smartly bridge their networks to 5G,” explained Hossein Moiin, CTO of Nokia’s Mobile Networks business group.
Nokia Bell Labs, which the company acquired as part of its purchase of Alcatel-Lucent, is also said to demonstrate network slicing technology that allows for the creation and automatic map capabilities for the radio, transport, core and application layers into separate network slices. The technology relies on cloud orchestration to support the roll out of new services designed to be created much quicker from deployed network resources.
Ericsson and SK Telecom last year announced plans to tap virtualized network software to support network slicing technology in the core of the telecom operator’s 5G network plans. Ericsson explained the network slicing component is based on a virtual evolved packet core, with the development expected to provide SK Telecom with more efficient and finer control over network resources and reduce deployment time for new services.
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