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Multivendor 5G network slicing test claims 70% gain in deployment speeds

May 11, 2023


A group of about a dozen vendors announced this week that a test program for 5G network slicing had achieved 70% gains in the time required to programmatically create a network slice, marking a major step forward in the development of private 5G for enterprise users.

A network “slice,” as it’s called, is essentially a logically distinct subnetwork in a 5G deployment that can be used for a variety of purposes to maximize bandwidth use and provide on-demand 5G services to users. The basic idea is that automation in the 5G core can apply a layer of virtualization to wireless networks, letting a service provider “slice” off parts of its available spectrum and provide them to a customer as a discrete network.

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