Is a Practical Form of Network Slicing Coming Back Into Fashion?

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By Dimitris Mavrakis | 2Q 2021 | IN-6122


The Promised Land


Network slicing was positioned as the most promising use case for 5G networks in the enterprise domain, aiming to create completely new business segments for carriers and help them grow their enterprise revenues significantly. Until now, this has largely been a theoretical discussion that has not resonated with enterprise verticals, and network slicing is still many years away from the market for many reasons. Among others:

  1. Network slicing requires end-to-end orchestration of networks that are made up of several vendors’ equipment, multiple generations running concurrently, and systems that require layers of middleware to work together. Orchestration of these complex installations will take years to implement.
  2. Full network slicing requires 5G Next Generation Core (NG Core) deployments, something which is also many years from reaching a critical mass.
  3. Network slicing is positioned as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model, which assumes the operator sells a service to an enterprise vertical. Mobile operators do not fully comprehend what enterprises truly need and their business …

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