Network Slicing: Multiple Networks - One Infrastructure

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26 November 2017

A welcome technology for mobile operators that provides the network flexibility and service agility that is the foundation for a variety of new business, economic and service models for upcoming 5G networks as well as today’s 4G networks.

Simply put, network slicing allows a single network to be partitioned into multiple virtual networks, or slices.  Each slice can be dedicated to a specific service, or quality of service (QoS) by assigning different parameters to each slice.  Network slices can be optimized to provide the resources required for a specific service. Capacity, latency and coverage can be allocated to meet specific use case requirements, while virtual components can be shared across multiple slices.  Network slices are isolated from each other in the control and user planes so that there is no traffic interference between them, and the user experience is identical to being connected to a physically separate network.

Mavenir’s Unique Approach: End to End Slicing that Includes the Radio

Mavenir has approached network slicing in a unique way with its recently announced CloudRange™, that enables end-to-end network slicing (E2E-NS) for radio, core, and applications, both in 4G and 5G networks. By providing operators the capability to apply network slicing to existing 4G networks, the solution empowers them to offer a new set of services while reducing the costs of existing traffic.

The solution’s slicing orchestrator function works across the radio, the core and applications.  Until now, it’s just been applications and core running through NFV.  Mavenir now offers a new approach with more options and with virtualized end-to-end operations including the radio slicing, which changes the cost equation for most operators and makes it easier for them to deploy 4G and 5G networks

The bottom line: Mavenir’s end-to-end approach to network slicing is built on Cloud Native applications and Web-Scale architecture that provides more flexible slicing and drastically drives down network economics for mobile operators with scalability, efficiency, and automation.