Private or Public Networks for Private Use?

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By Don Alusha | 1Q 2021 | IN-6028


5G Slices vs. Private Networks


Network Slicing (NS) is a key enabler of new business models and a key feature for 5G. It revolves around the notion of designing and redesigning current static networks with new constructs that enable the creation of logical networks/partitions. Communications Service Providers (CSPs) can slice the network using different criteria, such as application types (e.g., MTC, uRLLC), security, mobility, traffic types, and quality of service (QoS). A CSP can configure its network assets based on specific criteria or establish a hybrid categorization. Either way, new service creation based on 5G NS takes a “global” span extending to multiple domains (e.g., radio, core, and transport) to connect to customer data centers and networks. This lays the groundwork for a more controllable, flexible connection environment without modifying the properties of the underlying infrastructure that provides the raw network capabilities.

A private network can be viewed as the evolution of non-3GPP private networks (e.g., virtual private networks) to customized 5G connectivity arrangements tailored…

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