Nokia to Offer Network Slicing for 4G and 5G by This Summer

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By Kangrui Ling | 1Q 2020 | IN-5768


Nokia Begins Network Slicing Live Trials


In February 2020, Nokia announced that it was undergoing live trials for 4G and 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) network slicing use cases in partnership with Austrian operator A1 Telekom and Swedish-Finnish operator Telia. Nokia has said that network slicing for 4G and 5G NSA will be rolled out by mid-year, with Huawei following the same pattern, having deployed their Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) for Sany last year, utilizing network slicing for its industrial applications.

This comes alongside news of a potential delay in the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)’s Release 16 and Release 17 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Release 16 was initially due to be completed by June 2020, but this may be delayed until closer to the end of the year. Initial discussion plans for Release 17 have also been postponed to April because of the virus. Both specifications are seen to be crucial for industrial 5G use cases, with Release 16 being responsible for addressing some of the most important Ultra-Raeliable Low Latency (URLLC) and high reliability (with five 9s) features, and …

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