Globally, service providers are expected to trial 5G network slicing by end-2020 as it will enable a wide range of solutions both in B2B and B2C services according to Amdocs.
Amdocs survey of 50 service providers worldwide has found that 54 per cent are already trialling 5G network slicing solution, while 30 per cent plan to trial one next year.
For service providers, network slicing introduces the ability to build scalable and dedicated logical/virtual networks, allowing them to support diverse services with specific performance or control requirements on a common network platform to address a large variety of use cases, services, industries and customers.
Reducing the level of complexity and improving efficiency in 5G and network slicing is a main driver for CSPs adopting a 5G network slicing management and automation solution, with the research finding that CSPs expect the top three benefits network slicing will bring to their business to be: Simplification and automation of the network (66 per cent); enables an enhanced and targeted customer experience (52 per cent); and cuts time-to-market and time-to-customer for network services (50 per cent).
74 per cent of respondents stated that the service-based use cases will see the biggest impact of 5G network slicing, e.g. IoT, connected cars and smart homes, as service providers prepare to offer bespoke 5G connectivity for specific use cases, in order to ensure their customers benefit from higher speeds and capacity, and lower-latency.
Oren Marmur, head of NFV at Amdocs said, “With virtual infrastructure and programmable 5G networks, the granularity and speed with which CSPs can introduce and deliver services will substantially impact their ability to monetize the network. A 5G slicing management entity for holistic, automated end-to-end network slice lifecycle management must therefore be an integral part of the CSP’s 5G monetization platform, enabling them to best position the organization to revolutionize its service offerings.”
“This in turn, based on a wide range of new 5G use cases, will enable them to unleash a whole new world of network services and monetization possibilities that can support complex consumer and enterprise business models,” added Marmur.